Namma Bengaluru is known for its exuberant celebrations of festivals such as Gowri and Ganesha, Dasara, Bakrid, and Diwali. During these festivals, city streets and markets wear a festive look. However, the day after the celebrations, the scene across the city is of banana stems, garlands, rotting fruits and tell-tale signs of celebrations.
There is almost a two-fold increase in the quantum of garbage generated in the city during the festivals. The extra garbage generated from households and markets on account of Dasara festivities has led to garbage mounds being formed across the city and wherever door-to-door collection of waste was not done, the problem was compounded.In the absence of a proper garbage management system, especially during the festival season, traders in all major markets in Bengaluru are anxious about hygiene on the market premises.
Managing cleanliness in different markets with a series of festivals coming, starting with Ganesh Chaturthi has become a challenge if the BBMP does not address the situation immediately. The quantity of garbage generation doubles during the festive season.
Mounds of un-cleared garbage are bac to haunt Bengalureans as BBMP authorities struggle to clear the additional garbage that has accumulated over the past 3-4 days during Dasara.
Civic workers are doing extra rounds to clear garbage accumulated during the festival. As the city is already reeling under the increasing number of H1N1 cases, if the BBMP does not clear the garbage at the earliest, there will be a health disaster.
Garbage clearance for festival celebration
Namma Bengaluru will get some respite from the mounting piles of garbage, which have accumulated during the festival season with immediate action according to the Mayor. Over the last few days, many areas across the city, including markets in Gandhi Bazaar, Malleshwaram, Banashankari, KR Market, Jayanagar, Sirsi circle, V.V.Puram has witnessed a high pile of wet waste left to rot on the streets.
The amount of garbage generated increased after Ayudha Pooja and Vijayadashmi. Vendors, who sold Pooja materials like flowers and plantain leaves, dumped their unsold stock on the streets.
Mayor of Bengaluru Gangambike Mallikarjuna directed the officials to clear the garbage at all markets and 198 wards at the earliest. Disciplinary action will be taken against ward level engineers who fail to clear the garbage piles on street and footpaths.
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