Where footpath turns into toilet

The situation is aggravated by the lack of public toilet in the area

And so do hundreds of others as the stench emanating from the pavement along a petrol bunk in front of the temple is excruciating.

Reason? The footpath, widened after its wall was demolished around five months ago, has become an open and stinking public toilet.

The misplacement of this makeshift lavatory is aggravating the situation irrespective of the temple, a host of government offices and commercial establishments nearby.

Degradation of place

“We are forced to use the other footpath as going near the pavement-cum-toilet, let alone walking on it, is dreadful,” says a fuming Srinivas. Krishna, an autorickshaw driver from Rajajinagar, is also agitated at this “blatant” degradation of a public place.

As the place falls in the heart of the City with landmarks such as the SBM Headquarters, the Cauvery Bhavan, the KPTCL office, the City Civil and Sessions Court, the Central College, etc situated at a stone’s throw, the angst among passersby is too conspicuous to be ignored.

T Narasimha Murthy, an advocate, who frequents the place, wrote to the Chief Minister, the Mayor and the BBMP Commissioner requesting them to clean up the place but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

“I wrote to B S Yeddyurappa on July 2 drawing his attention towards the nuisance. Before that, I also petitioned the Mayor and the BBMP Commissioner twice. Despite this, they have not taken any action whatsoever,” Murthy said.

No regard

People who urinate freely on the place seem to have no regard for the place of worship. According to Ganesh, a priest at the temple, the practice started as the widened footpath made a good "relieving point".

“Whenever we tried to stop it from becoming a lavatory, we were told to mind our business. People talk harshly if we try to restrain them from using the spot to attend to the nature's call,” Ganesh told Deccan Herald.

The agitated people have questioned the need to widen the pavement in the first place. "The wide footpath with trees towering over it literally allures passersby to relieve themselves. It is hardly used as a pavement," said Srinivas, a worker at the temple.

As the public anger simmers over this unauthorised open public toilet, the responsibility lays on the civic authorities to clean the mess up. Are they listening?

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