The sprawling Cubbon Park, one of Bangalore’s prominent landmarks, is in urgent need of maintenance. The heaps of garbage strewn across inside it have soured many a morning for its visitors.
Apart from the park’s garbage problem, the slew of roads that cut across the park is posing other problems for the park’s visitors; those who go looking for some fresh air are instead met by a steady stream of traffic.
“Garbage is not cleared for weeks, which inconveniences to those coming to the park for fresh air and exercise,” 58-year-old Naresh Raheja, who walks regularly in the park, told The Hindu. Many of the dustbins are also broken, he added.
Much of the garbage in the park comes from the food and snacks brought by visitors for picnics; the empty packets and containers are abandoned with the leftovers, which ends up attracting increasing numbers of stray dogs, according to Mr. Raheja.
Octogenarian advocate K. Subba Rao, another regular, said: “mornings are unpleasant as we are often disturbed by stray dogs and the filth in the park.”
For walkers like Nand Lal (85), a retired government official, accessibility is a problem.
“Vehicles are driven rashly on the roads within the park, posing risk to the walkers and visitors,” he said.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike seems to have washed its hands of the park. The Horticulture Department, which is responsible for the park, however claimed that efforts were being made to clean up the mess.
“Senior officials inspected the park on Thursday. It was decided that 30 dustbins would be installed across Cubbon Park,” said the park’s Deputy Director Suresh Chandra. He noted that visitors should have the sense to stop throwing waste around.