Markets need maintenance mantra

Published: 03rd October 2012 10:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd October 2012 10:56 AM   |  A+A-

 On Tuesday, Express found out that many market areas in the city have not been able to address the garbage issue efficiently.

 K R Market and Russell Markets have been rated as the major garbage generators out of all the 153 market areas under BBMP limits.

 While Malleswaram and Yediyur Markets seemed to have the least number of garbage worries, K R Market, Russell Market and Yeshwantpur Market areas, along with Avenue Road, failed to manage garbage.

 “There is garbage all around the area.

 Although the shopkeepers and vendors were given basic training on garbage maintenance and disposal of waste carefully, they have failed to keep their area clean,” said Harish, leader of market vendors on Avenue Road.

 What is the Difference? Asks Vendor

At Malleswaram Market, a vendor admitted that he was not aware of the difference between the types of waste, but managed to hang two garbage bins near his shop.

 “I put all the biscuit and chips wrappers, waste plastic thrown around in one bag.

 And in the other bag, all the vegetable waste has been dumped,” he said.

 In Need of Technology to Manage Waste

Shops in K R Market generate twice the waste than all the markets in Shivajinagar area.

 President of K R Market Fruit Merchant Traders Association Dastagir Khan said, “The market generates garbage in an abundance.

 We have flowers, fruits and vegetable markets here.

 We can expect at least 45 tonnes of garbage from this market alone.

 We have requested the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to implement a technology to help us reduce the garbage.

” Bio-plant in City Soon

BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel plans to hold meetings with deputy commissioners of all the markets.

 “At Yelahanka, people have generated 35 tonnes of wet waste and it will now be given to farmers.

 We generated 500 kg of dry waste and 55 kgs of biomedical waste and it will be disposed of scientifically” Goel added.

 He said BBMP will hold meetings with market associations to understand their problems.

The BBMP which had studied a bio-plant unit in Coimbatore, plans to install the plants at all the big markets in the city.

 “The segregator can take up to 20 tonnes of garbage and leaves no stench.

 A special team would work on the finances,” Standing Committee (Health) Chairman S Venkatesh Babu said.



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