Bengaluru: After months of knocking on the doors of local corporators, MLAs, and BBMP officials, Kaggadasapura and CV Raman Nagar residents came together to protest against the hazardous practice of waste transfer, segregation, and dumping on Kaggadasapura Main Road. Over 500 residents of the area formed a human chain for over three hours early on Saturday morning.
They held placards to send a strong message that they will not let their health, hygiene and road safety get affected due to the indifference of BBMP officials.
They also submitted a petition to the BBMP, highlighting the troubles they are facing because of thoughtless location of the garbage dump.
According to 74-year-old Sampat S., who has been staying in Kaggadasapura for a long time, said the area has gone from bad to worse in just a few years. “It is important for me to walk to stay fit. But where do I go for a walk when footpaths in the neighbourhood are covered in garbage throughout the day? Who takes the responsibility if I slip and fall at this age?”
There is inadequate space for pedestrians to walk because of BBMP garbage vehicles and uncleared garbage, which have put children, women and senior citizens in danger.
The residents said that they were compelled to protest as repeated requests to the BBMP and the corporator over the last three years did not elicit any response.
Mr Ajit Kumar, who recently relocated to Kaggadaspura, didn’t expect his productivity to take a dip. “Every day, no matter how early I leave, I am stuck in traffic for an hour average, thanks to all the BBMP trucks that line up and occupy almost the entire road. This is even before I get to Old Madras Road where yet another traffic bottleneck awaits,” he said.