Unattended garbage cries for authorities' attention in this CBD locality

Sewage mixing with drinking water is an unending problem

Unattended garbage cries for authorities' attention in this CBD locality

For the past decade, Narayanappa and his family, who resides around Muniswamyappa road, Ramaswamypalya (ward 62) in Shivajingar assembly constituency have been living next to a sewer hole that perennially overflows. When the rain starts it gets even worse.

“We had to permanently block one of our two toilets during the rains as the sewer waters came inside the toilet and into our homes,” said Mangalamma, Narayanappa’s wife.

While the local corporator was informed a number of times about their trouble, it all fell in deaf ears. “He kept on saying that he will do it by next week, but that next week never came,” said Narayanappa.

Across the ward, the problem of sewage and unattended garbage recurs. Certain parts of the ward do not have proper roads while others have infrequent electricity. P Mary, a resident of the ward said: “Almost everyday, we have a power shortage of about one to one and half hours.” 

Church-goers’ plight

At Bazaar street in Ulsoor (ward 90), churchgoers of the Wesleyan Centenary Kannada Devalaya and residents in the vicinity are fed up by the constant stench from the daily pile of garbage that gets collected next to the church.  Although the pile is cleared sometimes, the times when it is not removed for weeks are the worst.

“We cannot open the windows on the left side of the church where the garbage collects as the smell is unbearable. It is a constant distraction during our service. We have brought up the issue with the local authorities. However this problem stays on,” said Kiran Vasanth Kumar, a church member. In fact, the situation is so bad that some residents nearby want to sell of their flat and leave the area.     

Shortage of water is something that the residents around Thimappa Road in Bharatinagar (ward 91) have been constantly grappling with. A resident said: “We have Cauvery water connection but the supply is very infrequent. It comes on alterative days for around a few hours between 10 am and 5pm."

Just behind the Bharathinagar police station is a huge pile of uncleared garbage, strewn all across the road along with a number of old and rusted cars. Down the road on Memorial Street, lives Mohammed Akbar, who runs a condiments store.

“There is a pile of garbage on one side and just in front of my shop is a road that was recently dug for sewer lines. It has not been properly laid after the work. On top of that the sewage water is still overflowing. The kind of problems that this area is facing is for everyone to see. No one needs to say anything,” he said.   

Seniors not spared

One would think that residents around Wesley Home for Senior Citizens in Benson Town, Jayamahel (word 63) would show some concern and respect for the old and elderly. But, who does one blame when a pile of garbage right next to the home’s kitchen keeps on growing by the day? The BBMP that does not clear the garbage or the area’s helpless residents, who have no choice but to throw their waste there? Mrs Harris, a staff at the home, said: “This area is frequented by a number of stray dogs who are attracted by the garbage right next to the home.

It gets quite dangerous during the evening. Also a major concern for us are the rats, since the garbage pile is located right next to the kitchen.”

Around 8th main in Vasanthnagar (ward 93) resides Mohammed Shabbir, who runs a bike repair shop below his house. The road in front of his house is littered with rubbish almost everyday. It is the biggest problem around the locality. He tried to contact the local councilor but in vain.

“Even when people pass by this area, such as college students from Mount Carmel College, they have to cover their nose due to the stench. During the rains, it gets worse as the entire garbage gets washed out into the main road and sometimes even in our houses.”

Clogged, dug-up roads

When Deccan Herald visited this area, there was severe clogging on 1st main road due to road digging by the BBMP.  Nearly half of the road was dug up for around 200 meters and the traffic diverted. Commuters not following traffic rules made the situation even worse.   
Waterlogging and clogged sewage lines are a constant pain for residents of Charminar Masjid Road, right in the middle of Shivajinagar (ward 92) market. Abu Salam, a barber who has a shop right next to a drain-widening project in the area, said: “The entire area is situated in a low lying area and when it rains, water rises to around one feet to one and half feet.

It even gets into my shop and home,” he said. Even when it is not raining, overflowing sewer holes and roads are a common sight. Constant traffic jams due to small roads is another big pain.

At Sampangiramanagar (ward no 110), a number of areas are plagued by poor infrastructure. "The area behind Ramada hotel on Hospital road have no footpaths at all. Even the roads are in very bad condition. Garbage collection is irregular, forcing residents to throw them anywhere. We have tried getting our problems heard by the corporator and even personally met him, but nothing has been done," complained M S Sufiyan, a resident.    

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