Bangalore / Namma Bengaluru has many famous landmarks. KR Market, also known as City Market, is one of them. Did you know KR Market is one of Asia’s largest flower markets? It is also one of the largest in Bangalore that has sale of fresh produce.
The flip side to this is that tonnes of waste is generated every day. Unfortunately, there is no proper system for disposal of waste. Fruit and vegetable vendors throw rotten or reject produce onto the street or on top of existing heaps of garbage around their stalls.
Every new mayor makes an effort to clean-up KR Market — G Padmavathi, the incumbent, too has indicated an interest; yet there is no change.
KR Market has a huge complex which sells flowers and vegetables in the lower ground floor, dry goods on the upper ground floor and tools and machine-tools accessories on the first floor.
The Market complex also has an underground basement parking lot which is in dire need of maintenance. It is dimly lit and has an ubiquitous unpleasant smell that fills the air. It sports a huge collection of abandoned vehicles, carts, garbage trucks and rickshaws. Amongst all this too one can find heaps of rotting garbage, and hungry cattle.
To tackle the ubiquitous problem of garbage disposal there are few teams of people who continually sweep up and try to remove heaps of garbage from KR Market, but their job is never done.
The KR Market bus stand is an important connectivity hub where buses from all parts of the state including the rural parts of Bangalore. This too is filled with garbage and refuse.
Contracted garbage collectors and pourakarmikas have ignored and physically trying jobs. The wages of their labour do not do justice to the work that they do. While I am walking down Church Street at 11:45am,
A peculiar, half-built structure that stands inside the boundary of Ulsoor Lake, right opposite the Marriage Registrar’s office of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has been ignored by residents and passers-by. It has been visible in the area for over six months now.
Around nine months ago, the Mahaganapati temple located at HRBR Layout, Banaswadi decided to do sustainable waste management. The temple authority’s endeavour to make the temple a zero-waste, plastic free zone has been quite successful.