Educated lead the way in littering Lalbagh

Waste-consciousness in the city

Litter in Lalbagh. Pic: Hema Mahesh
Lalbagh – my beautiful slice of heaven was taken over for the past fifteen days for the flower show. A 250-year-old garden on 240 acres, with one of the most spectacular collections of trees in the world was trashed. Very disheartened to see the crowd fill the place with garbage even though there were dustbins kept all over the place.

The heritage rock – a three hundred billion year old rock which is the major attraction of Lalbagh, was filled with plastic covers flying all over the place and soft drink bottles. Shame on us people! A so-called hi-tech city with a very high educated crowd.

Pic: Hema Mahesh

I did confront a few people as they threw the plastic bottle right by the way they walked. Surprisingly they answered in very good English. “What’s your problem madam ?” he says. “Are you an authority here ?”

I wish the education which taught him to answer in a foreign language when I asked him in Kannada would teach him a bit of civilisation too. Would he do it in Singapore ? Or USA? What kind of human decides to eat a bag of chips and throw the packet a few feet from where he was sitting, and walk away home clean without the slightest thought that he destroyed something that was just clean? Would he/she do it in their homes?

It took almost a week for the employees of Lalbagh to clean up the mess. I still see bottles thrown on tree branches, covers hanging from inside the bushes, and a bit of the nature’s beauty which was so ruthlessly destroyed by us, humans.

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Hema Mahesh is a resident of Bengaluru.


  1. Namaste
    They say it takes around 3 weeks to change an adults behaviour and in that 3 weeks people will moan
    Unless a litter ban is implemented within Bengaluru with stiff fines this will carry on
    Ban foods from Lalbagh and people will sneak it in
    Everyone thinks Lalbagh is theirs a few love it a few use it for their selfie opportunitys notice they never take their selfies with a rubbish filled background
    I’m in favour of litter police handing out fines I’m sure some government person will be glad of the monies received maybe then the correct recycling process can be implemented
    Great Grandfather would be sorry to see Lalbagh abused like this

  2. Thank you Ms. Hema for trying. I have little to no hope that we will change our disgusting habits. Holding on to waste to dispose it off into a bin is an alien concept to most of us; as if the bottle of water or bag of chips that was with us for a few hours becomes toxic the moment it gets empty. Education does not seem to have anything to do with what we have considered to be normal behavior.

    We have ordinances that call for steep fines. There should be a few cases where litterbugs are fined per prevailing law and this needs to be reported. The media exposure may cause people to behave civilized. Bengaluru needs to be a ‘fine’ city and the fear of getting caught will cause people to change their habits.

  3. Lalbagh is in prime place in bengaluru, supplying free oxygen to surrounding areas.I am also regular morning walker since last 25 years. I am Lalbagh lover and It is our primary duty to keep clean at any cost. As we know every year flower show arranged by Horticulture department – 26th Jan and Aug 15th. It is known to Horticulture department that every time at the end of flower show heap of garbage and plastic. covers scattered every nook and corner of the Lalbagh. The department has long years experience of cleaning up of garbage, they should plan how to stop or find a way to clean the garbage with in two days from closing of the flower show or they should not allow eatables inside the lalbagh and declare plastic free lalbagh. so that we may save our Lalbagh. LET US SAVE LALBAGH SAVE LALBAGH FOR THE FUTURE…..

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