Russell Market is getting the much-needed attention... at least wastewise. On Wednesday, members of Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT), led by waste management expert N.S. Ramakanth, visited the market with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials and urged the shopkeepers to segregate the waste they generate.
The market’s fish section was the focus of the visit on Wednesday. Mr. Ramakanth told The Hindu that the fish market generates large quantities of wet waste. “It is also the most ill-organised places in the heart of the city. We have advised the fish vendors to use thermocole packages to collect the wet waste and send the same to the godown in Shivajinagar.” He said the idea of segregation waste at source was to ensure that the quantum of garbage going to the landfills is greatly reduced.
T. Venkatesh, one of the fish vendors at the market, said that after having been convinced by the waste management experts, the vendors had agreed to store the sludge and wet waste in thermocole packages, as suggested.
Another problem that came to light during the visit was the number of stray cattle on the roads around the iconic market. The round table members will now apprise the BBMP’s Joint Director (Animal Husbandry) of the same. “We need to find a solution to the problem of stray cattle and excessive vegetable waste,” Mr. Ramakanth said.