In some areas, use of firecrackers appeared to be on the decline

While many Bangaloreans were enjoying their extra Sunday morning snooze, post festivities on the first day of Deepavali, pourakarmikas across the city were taking up the gargantuan task of cleaning Saturday’s mess.

In most residential areas, cracker waste formed an additional layer over the roads with people having kicked off celebrations on Saturday with fireworks. To make things worse, most road corners had bins or garbage piles with an excess of festival waste — from puja items to sweet boxes and plantain leaves.

Pourakarmikas, who were doing their cleaning well into the afternoon, said that the worst was yet to come with Sunday being the day people generally burst crackers. “We are doing some cleaning today. But there isn’t much of a point as it is only going to get worse tomorrow,” said a maintenance worker in Basaveswaranagar. Another pourakarmika, who was seen picking piles of festival garbage from near Avenue Road, said that it was sad he had to work on festival day. “If only these people had cared to dispose of their waste in a methodic way, or taken a little effort in storing it properly, our festival would have been better,” he said. BBMP authorities said post-Deepavali, there as an estimated increase of 10 to 15 per cent in garbage volumes.