They want the garbage gone

They live in Bengalurus poshest locality but still have garbage outside their houses
news Monday, December 14, 2015 - 14:31

Not a single area in the city is spared a civic woe. Even one of Bengaluru’s poshest localities has been facing dealing with a garbage dump in bang in the midst of the residential area.

Fed up with the apathy of civic officials, the residents of one of Bengaluru’s poshest localities – Lavelle road – took to the streets on a Sunday morning, protesting against the dumping of garbage in the residential area. The area has some of the best civic infrastructure otherwise – roads in good condition, walkable footpaths, street lights.

Around 70 people belonging to two residents’ groups – Friends of Lavelle Road and Living lavelle – came together to protest against the garbage piled up on their street.  

Hari Narayan, a business owner, says that for the first time in the past two decades that he’s lived in the area garbage has been piled up on a particular spot in the street at Rotary Circle near the BMW and Ford showrooms.

He said that over the last two years, that spot had turned into a sorting centre for the waste collected from surrounding areas and was then transported to the main dumping point. Despite repeated complaints to the local authorities, no action was taken.

Fifty-two-year-old Sunitha Kumar, who lived as long in the area, said that it was illegal to dump garbage on the road. “We’re tired of calling the Health Inspector and the garbage contractor.”

“I don’t know what the fix (for this problem) is, but the current situation is unacceptable,” Hari Narayan told The News Minute.

He said that the group he belonged to, Friends of Lavelle Road, were scheduled to meet with the local councillor to discuss possible solutions. “There’s no point criticising without attempting to find a solution.”

Kumar added that her group, Living Lavelle, had met with the Joint Commissioner for East Zone and that they were going to follow up with the points discussed.

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