The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has reached a new low by not sparing even Freedom Park, the showpiece public place of Bangalore city, while disposing of garbage.
The BBMP is using the landmark site as a dump yard.
Located on Seshadri Road, Freedom Park has been the epicentre of all protests and key meetings in the city.
Regular visitors to the park were shocked to see heaps of garbage dumped inside the park on the Kalidas Marg side on Sunday.
Residents and shopkeepers of the area said garbage was not cleared for the last one week though the issue was brought to the notice of the BBMP authorities.
Due to the uncleared garbage, the whole area was stinking, they added.
Kumar, a ragpicker, said, “For over a week garbage generated at Chickpet, Mamulpet and Raja Market has been dumped here. The Palike will require at least three days to clear the heaps of garbage lying here.”
When contacted, Joint Commissioner of BBMP (West Zone) Chandrashekar told Express, “We are clearing the garbage. We lifted 10 loads on Sunday and will be clearing the remaining 40-45 loads overnight. By Monday afternoon, all the garbage will be cleared.”
He said, “We had no option but to dump it here as loads of garbage were lying on roads in and around the Majestic bus terminus, B V K Iyengar Road and nearby areas.”
“It would have inconvenienced people otherwise,” Chandrashekar added.
He further said that the entire place would be sanitised after all the garbage was cleared.