Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) states that it is fighting against the garbage problem in the city and that it is trying to solve it. The residents’ associations say otherwise. But they agree that even the citizens need to take responsibility and practise civic hygiene.

Rains in Bengaluru have brought out the worst of the black spots in the city under the limelight. With uncollected garbage, waste water seeping out of waste dumps and mounds of urban waste, these black spots not only bring discomfort to the eyes, but is also hazardous to the health of citizens.

Reports state that a member of a residential association in Hebbal said that it is the poor implementation of plastic ban that is the cause for garbage on the streets. He also said that people throw plastic bags on the road and that rats and dogs nibble on them and spread the waste across the road.

The condition gets worse in markets. According to reports, the vendors at KR Puram market said that the rains have exposed the pathetic condition of drains in the city and have brought to light the lumps of uncollected garbage. They also said that the uncollected garbage blocks the drains.

A resident of KR Puram reportedly stated that there are at least two black spots within 750m of each other. He said that this was due to the waste dumped by commercial shops.

The problems increase in collecting, transporting and disposing waste during the monsoon season. This is because the high amount of waste generated is high during this time of the year. The BBMP is planning to set up more transfer stations across the city, said the BBMP joint commissioner. He also mentioned that the 198 wards will have at least one waste collection centre in a few weeks. The BBMP officials will also receive handheld devices that can be used to fine people who throw garbage carelessly on the roads.

The civic body will also set up an integrated, centralised smart control room. This will monitor the waste management system. It is also thinking of assigning people to clear waste twice a day as a lot of garbage gets accumulated even after it is collected once. This is common in commercial and crowded areas.