Two days after the event, Gandhi Maidan is still littered
Madikeri: Inefficient waste disposal may be one of the biggest drawbacks of organising big events in Madikeri. A look at the littered Gandhi Maidan, two days after the conclusion of the annual flower and horticulture show, is a case in point.
Stalls had been emptied, but the roofs remained. The maidan was dug up mercilessly to plant poles and left as such. People whose houses were near the maidan were the worst hit because the stalls and vehicles clogged the place, making it difficult for them to even get across to their residences.
Huge amount of paper and plastic waste marked the ground where the stalls had been. Stray cattle scavenged on leftovers.
Even the surroundings of the Gandhi statue were not spared.
The Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) had recently taken over Mahatma Gandhi (Raja Seat) road from the Public Works Department for its upkeep. Solar lights had been installed on one side of the road. Be it the CMC or the Department of Horticulture, whoever issued the permission to set up stalls at Gandhi Maidan should take the stall owners to task for leaving it in such a condition, said Bellu Somaiah, who was visiting a fair nearby.
Authorities should slap fines if cleanliness is not maintained after winding up, he added.