BANGALORE: Construction material placed haphazardly in different parts of the city have become a major nuisance.
Keeping the hardships faced by the people in mind, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has recently identified 20 unused quarry pits within the city.
But the question is, how are the authorities making sure that people come out and dump their remaining construction material in these quarry pits? C h i e f E n g i n e e r (Environment) of BBMP, Satish, said, “We have given the directions in form of notifications to the zonal officers and it is up to them to maintain these quarry pits.” The Joint Commissioner for East Zone, BBMP, KC Shiv Shankar, said, “We have not received any formal directions, however, we are on oral directions.
We will slap penalties on owners who are found dumping waste construction materials on the road and block the road, thereby hinder traffic and pedestrians.” When City Express confronted citizens on the identification of the quarry pits, reactions were surprising.
Waleed Mohammed, a resident of Bismillahnagar said, “I have no idea about these quarry pits in the city.
I have been staying in this area for a long time now and of late construction material on both sides of the road have become a common phenomenon.
It will be a good move if the people really make use of these quarry pits.” Sneha, a content writer at an MNC, said, “I am not quite sure how far these quarry pits will be put into use.
Neither our officials are aware of it nor the public.” The Chief Engineer, South Zone, BBMP, Prakash, said, “At present we (BBMP) are dumping the debris and construction materials in these quarry pits.
But we have not witnessed public making use of it.
We are not responsible for removing the debris and silt accumulated by individual owners, they have to come forward and make use of it.
However, if people are caught red-handed dumping waste construction materials on the road, we will impose fine from `500 to `1000.” The places where the quarry pits were identified are, K.R Puram, Haralur, Kengeri , Sulivara, Ramohalli, K o l l u r u , K e t o h a l l i , Begur, Bettadasanapura, V i t t a l a s a n d r a , Hongasandra, Yelahanka, B e l l a l l i , K o g i l u , Srinivasapura, Hesaragatta, Guddadahalli, Dasenahalli, Jalahalli, Taranahunase, B e t t a H a l a s o o r u , Kadiganahalli, Bagalur, Marenahalli, Yeshwantapur, Mallasandra.