Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Garbage brings curtain down on Dasara festivities

Garbage brings curtain down on Dasara festivities
Sandeep Moudgal, Sep 28, Bangalore:

Heavy traffic in City on a normal day was replaced by mounds of garbage littering roads, lanes and bylanes. The downside of the festivities clearly jolted one’s aesthetic sense by Monday evening.


Piles of waste generated from the decorative and traditional items used on the last day of Dasara were strewn all over. Flowers and skins of vegetables were in abundance.
So were ash gourds sprinkled with vermillion in front of houses all over the City.
The BBMP was clearing the waste using trucks at some places but waste in most locations remained unattended to.

Double the amount
“We have to deal with double the amount of garbage that has piled up due to the festivities. Accordingly, the Zonal engineers and garbage contractors have been instructed to put in extra time and manpower to clear it,” informed a Palike official.
At a meeting held two days ago, the BBMP officials conceded that the Palike needed atleast one extra day after the end of any festival for the contractors to collect the heavy garbage that would have piled up.

“More than the manpower, we require more trips to be made by the garbage contractors to collect the waste and bring them to the collection points. This would mean, the trucks making two trips on a normal day, would make two extra trips tomorrow,” informed the official. Garbage piles were spotted for the last two days in Indiranagar, Ulsoor, L B Shastri Nagar and HAL area and also in other parts of the City.

Problem intensifies
While most parts of the City had to deal with extra garbage-piling in front of their homes over the last couple of days, residents in some parts have been facing a perennial garbage problem over the last few months.

“The BBMP in Sanjaynagar removed the dustbins along the main road and assured residents that there will be a door-to-door collection of the waste. But nothing materialised. As a result people have been throwing waste on the streets,” informed Sanjaynagar Resident Welfare Association, president, V Sathyamurthy.

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