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There’s a stinking problem at Basappa Circle

Sounak Das

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Heaps of garbage lie unattended from Nawab Haider Ali Khan Road footpath till Basappa Circle, causing  distress to pedestrians and shop owners.
Basappa circle is located a kilometre from Lalbagh main road.
‘’The situation is nasty. We have requested the BBMP to clear the mess many times. Once in a while pourakarmikas come and take away a portion of this filth. But it all becomes the same the next morning,’’ N. Chiranjeevi, a resident and shop owner of the area, told The Observer.
Garbage has been piling up in this area for a long time. Residents and shop owners allege that garbage is dumped here at night by unknown people. Also, nearby hotels and restaurants contribute to the mess. Since there are no dustbins installed, people throw waste haphazardly on the road.
The garbage is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies which can cause diseases such as malaria and dengue. The rubbish piled up here is mostly solid waste: plastic, old tyres, discarded shoes, food remains and rotten vegetables. Cattle from a nearby cowshed come here to wallow, adding their excreta to the filth.
Akshay Heblikar, an environmentalist with Eco Watch, said: “When organic matter decays, it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, resulting in the rise of diseases. This affects the pedestrian as well the resident. Segregation of waste is necessary; it is the BBMP’s responsibility. However, some onus falls upon the shop owners as well. They should install dustbins and use them for dumping waste.”
According to Rule 4 of the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, it is obligatory on the part of municipal authorities to arrange for collection, segregation, transportation, and suitable disposal of municipal wastes of municipal towns and cities.
BBMP PRO L Suresh has a different view of the situation. “Garbage is collected thrice every day. Segregation of dry and wet waste is done under the supervision of experts. No dustbins are required. But residents should also do their duty. They should dump waste at a particular place where it becomes easy for us to collect,” he told The Observer.
The problem is not confined to this particular stretch of the road. Garbage can be seen overflowing on Lalbagh Fort Road.
“This is a common problem. BBMP is failing to execute its duty and we are suffering,” said G Sayeed, an assistant at a tyre shop along Lalbagh Fort Road.
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