Kadirenahalli Cross is where students from nearby colleges tend to meet but do not want to stay for long, thanks to the stench emanating from the nearby garbage mound.
The junction links Banashankari, Uttarahalli, JP Nagar and Kumaraswamy Layout in south Bengaluru. The smell there is so bad that even BMTC drivers are forced to stop their buses ahead of the designated stop and college students have nicknamed the area as ‘muck zone’.Two prominent colleges are located near Kadirenahalli Cross: BNM Institute of Technology (BNMIT) and Dayanand Sagar Institute of Technology (DSIT), which have about 5,000 students together. Of these, 1,000 students travel by bus, with the junction being the boarding and alighting point.
BNMIT students walk down Banashankari Road to Kadrenahalli Cross to catch a bus, while students of DSIT walk uphill to catch a bus at the same junction.
“I have to bear the smell twice a day; I am forced to cover my nose while waiting for the bus,” said Sagar Krishnamurthy, a BCom student, DSIT.
Another DSIT student, Nirup Gowda, pointed out that in the morning, garbage collection trucks are the main reason for the menace. “When the van comes to collect garbage, liquid waste leaks and flows along the road, inconveniencing passersby,” he added.
Students of DSIT have set up their own environment cell and tried to create awareness about hygiene. “The main problem is that no one wants to take responsibility for the garbage here. Our college painted the nearby walls with slogans like ‘Keep the city clean’ and ‘Youth for parivartan’. But nothing seems to stop locals from dumping their litter here,” said Priyanka Vaidya, a second-year humanities student from DSIT.
Mohammed Pasha, a shop owner at the junction, said the garbage mound has been there for almost a year. “But no one cares, so we’ve got used to it,” he added.
“The huge pile of garbage even forces buses to halt away from the bus stop, thus forcing commuters walk a little further to board the bus,” said Manjula Gowda, a commuter. This leads to a pile-up of vehicles coming from Uttarahalli and Kumarswamy Layout as buses often stop in the middle of the road, she added.
However, local corporator Ansar Pasha attributed the garbage pile to two festivals last week. “We have asked BBMP trucks to clear the garbage. The place will be clean once again within a week,” he maintained.
Narasarama Rao, BBMP superintendent (south), said the civic agency will increase rotation of garbage trucks in the area. “Soon garbage collecting trucks will get stationary compactors, which will collect the waste and ensure the place remains clean. We have called for tenders, once the project is implemented, this junction will become a role model to many other areas,” Rao added.
This is an unedited news that first appeared on timesofindia.indiatimes.com