Space between metro pillars becomes dump yard for Lakshmipuram residents

After they were used as undesignated parking lots on C.M.H. Road, the space under the pillars of Namma Metro is now doubling as garbage dumps. Pedestrians should not be surprised if, say, a pair of slippers fall from nowhere on their head, as happened to this reporter. Clearly, the footwear had done its time, and bingo! off it flew in an arc, glancing an unwary head.

In yet another case pointing to the Bangalorean's abysmal civic sense, residents have been throwing their garbage below the metro viaduct at Lakshmipuram, which leads to Ulsoor.

Futile fencing

To counter illegal parking, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) had fenced the pillars recently. But people appear to have found a way of breaching this too. The shops located on the main road bear the brunt of such callousness. Not only do they have to put up with the unpleasant sight of dumped garbage, but the accompanying stench also has dented their business. Stray dogs pull and tear plastic covers, further spreading the refuse. Shopkeepers have to pacify annoyed customers who complain about the foul smell and mess.

Not BBMP's fault

For a change, they don't blame the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Suresh, owner of a medical shop, blamed residents. “People get up late in the morning by which time the garbage collectors would have left. They then dump their garbage near the metro pillars,” he said.

Balaji Singh, a pawn broker, said: “We can't blame the BBMP as the cleaners come every day. The road is littered by indifferent residents.”

When this reporter spoke to a few residents, they feigned ignorance and said they didn't know who the culprits were.

“The officials must put up boards saying ‘Don't throw garbage',” suggested Lakshmi P.J., resident as well as an owner of a TV repair shop.

Filling the gaps

A spokesperson of the BMRCL said he was not aware of the garbage menace here. “But now that we have got to know about this issue, we will take the initiative to prevent garbage being dumped there,” he said. He added that the gap between the pillars is being filled with mud to create little green patches.

When the BBMP spokesperson was contacted, he said: “It is very sad that though every day there is door-to-door garbage collection, people do not use this facility.”

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