BANGALORE: A stroll across the Tavarekere Main Road is definitely not a cake walk, for every step you take, has to be a calculated move. The road looks no different form any other, however, on a closer look one can see that it resembles a local market. From meat vendors in their filthy dingy shops to super markets, hotels to road side eateries, is there anything one cannot find here. Adding to this, is a slum like residential area and a posh apartment lying on either side of the road. But none of this poses a serious threat to a person walking by.
One would be appalled at the amount of waste dumped on the road, including the footpaths in this locality, every day. The above said area comes under ward number 152, starts exactly after the Oracle office building and is part of the Tavarekere Main Road leading to BTM Lay out. Along with the waste are few harmless live stock from a near by farm, loitering around and feeding on plastic covers, rotten food waste and all they are responsible for is, blocking and littering the road.
“Despite of repeated complaints, it seems nothing much can be done about the current status,” said a stationary shop owner. On enquiry, it was understood that the waste was dumped by the residents living in Bovi Colony. The butchers at a meat stall had just one complaint, “Every time the waste accumulates on the road, people think it is from our stall, or some other meat or fish stall, we all see to it that all our waste is collected over night and given to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) waste vehicle every morning.”
The living condition inside the Bovi colony is a shocking image of how humans survive in most unhygienic condition right in the middle of the city. On asking about the waste all they had to say was, “Tell us what we should do, where else should we dispose our waste, we don’t have a place for it.” The BBMP’s waste vehicle regularly collects the accumulated waste from the area every morning, but the irony is, by evening the situation is back to square one.
The Deputy Mayor, S Harish, when contacted for his comments said, “Dumping waste is illegal and we will come up with a solution to keep a watch on the situation. As far as livestock’s are concerned, they can be confiscated and kept in animal shelter.”
It is a fact that this is a
situation faced in most parts of the city today and only so much is being done about it so far.