We fondly remember Bangalore as the garden city – tree-lined streets, an incomparable quality of life, and the glorious weather. Many of us, who had the opportunity to leave the city and our neighbourhood, came rushing back. That was how deep our love for the city has been for generations now.
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But today, when Kaggadasapura residents step out of our four walls of homes and offices, our hearts bleed. Why?
Because Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) deems it fit to use the centre of Kaggadasapura – a central and populous residential area and home to diverse demographics and age groups – as a garbage dumping, collection, and segregation point. You heard that right!\
Despite the known health hazards of garbage dumping in residential zones, BBMP couldn’t care less about the hygiene of our neighbourhood and the health and lives of Kaggadasapura residents.
If this is how BBMP treats an area that is high traffic for not just us poor white collar citizens but also Kendriya Vidyalaya, a Government Hospital, DRDO and CAIR, one has to wonder just how badly they treat other areas. The answer is clear.
On good days, Kaggadasapura Main Road is a stinking mess. The mountain of garbage covers half the road for a few hundred metres and breeds mosquitoes –the dengue variety among others. On bad days – and there are more of those – the area is fatally slippery, the road is blocked by BBMP garbage segregation trucks, the stench kills, elderly residents can’t walk freely out of the fear of accidents, schoolchildren throw up on their way to school, and the traffic roadblock is never-ending.
In a single shot, BBMP is successfully killing health, hygiene, productivity, and road safety in Kaggadasapura. That is the exact opposite of their job description and their competence is questionable. Kaggadasapura Main Road is the wasteland where our hard earned tax money and health & hygiene go to die. This neighbourhood will not take it lying down anymore.
The residents united against the situation many months ago. We knocked on the doors of several government and municipal authorities, including BBMP big wigs. Solutions offered to us just don’t last. Instead, the “solutions” just seem like tactics to silence the residents for a few weeks. Invariably, the garbage mountain comes right back to Kaggadasapura Main Road. It has been a vicious cycle and it’s
time to escalate matters to the next level.
We are now coming together to protest
Exhausted of the authorities’ indifferent attitude towards the issue, the residents of Kaggadasapura are coming together in a silent protest against the dump yard on the Main Road. The protest will be held on August 18, 11 am. Our single demand – healthy, hygienic, garbage-free and safe living conditions in Kaggadasapura.
We invite engaged citizens and media to come join and support us in our protest. Together, we can make Kaggadasapura and Bangalore livable again.