The city’s numerous parks and their verdant landscape offer much needed respite and lung space in Bangalore. Hundreds of citizens flock to these parks every day for a spot of fresh air.

However, the strike call by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Horticulture Contractors’ Association has come as a bolt out of the blue for them. The contractors have threatened to stop maintaining the parks unless their bills are cleared. This will mean there will be no malis in the parks to even water the plants.

Opposing the lackadaisical attitude of the BBMP in clearing their pending dues amounting to Rs. 12 crore, the contractors have now threatened to go on strike from November 5.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, convener of BBMP Horticultural Contractors’ Association, Chaitra Priya, said, “Around 65 contractors are caught in the debt trap. We have all taken loans to pay the workforce and are unable to repay the same. Several appeals to clear the bills have gone in vain.” He claimed that the bills should be cleared within 15 days of submission.

Contractor Ravi Prakash said, “Till our demands are met, we will stop the work.”