Suffocating marketplaces

July 25, 2006

The festive season has begun. The shops and markets are brimming with shoppers. But the marketplaces across Bangalore has turned into a big mess. During normal days, shopping is manageable. But during festivals, the place is chock-a-block with hawkers and vehicles. The situation gets worse after the festival. The roads resemble a garbage bin as both sides of the roads are strewn with banana leaves, flowers and other debris. The entire market place with the uncleared garbage adds to the problems of the people visiting the market.

Our streets resemble open gutters at places, representing the state of mind of the people around. All this is taken for granted under the pretext of being ‘public property. If this were the civic sense we maintain, then we need not pressurize children by asking them to “memorize” that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. This should be an in-built instinct like the desire to eat or breathe.

We need to be clean within, before demanding Government action. Government agencies are to assist us, and not perform our roles. It is a pity that they have become like the other people. They drive around the town spilling more than what they carry, spreading the perfume under the brand-name, “Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’. If the people are cleaner, they will have the right to point the role to others. Talking of making Bangalore a Singapore does not make any sense unless you are not aware of cleanliness. Let us pledge this day to keep our surroundings clean. Even if ten people imbibe these values, its worth the writing!

12 Responses to “Suffocating marketplaces”

  1. usha Says:

    Hi Rk

    You said it!!! Its our Civic sense which needs tremendous improvement, more than being knowledgable abt it, its the initiative and implementation we lack as public, for ages we know when we are planning to buy any item from a shop we need a container to carry the item back home… but somehow we miss out carrying a bag alongwith us whenever we go shopping.. We end up using plastic bags.. polluting…

    We know very well that markets will be crowded on the previous day of any special event festival etc.. we keep purchases to the last minute creating vehicle-people rush in the market area…

    Vendors create another menace by disposing the unsold articles -perishable in and around the market, filling drains etc.. I think they should be penalised on spot for doing so, and moreover educated about the after effects…

    Singa pura- Rama raajya bagge mathadtheevi.. practice madalla… vivekananda heldha haage, practice before u preach antha ..nam jana kalibeku .. aagle swacha bengalooru athva swacha vathavarana saadhya..

    Very well written… Bellur

  2. Shruthi Says:

    I think you are talking about 8th cross Malleshwaram 😉
    That is the first place that came to my mind while reading this post.
    Basically all these areas should be made a traffic free zone. Of course, it won’t take care of the filth, but at least, its a start.

  3. rk Says:

    Usha: Thanks for the comments. “We keep purchases to the last minute creating vehicle-people rush in the market area”. How true!

    Shruthi: You’re on the dot. I wrote this piece with just 8th cross Malleswaram in mind. But then I thought it may be true of any other place in Bangalore.

    On the eve of a festival and on general holidays, 8th cross is just for the shoppers and the pedestrians. No vehicles absolutely!

  4. Chaitanya Says:

    I guess its true with any market in Bangalore or even India 😦 be it M’waram 8th cross or Yeshwantpur or the great ‘City Market’ (which is used as a synonym to a filthy place).

    Like ramki says, basically people needs to be clean themselves and then can blame the authorities.


  5. travel plaza Says:

    Very well written, RK. Cleanliness starts at home, they say. But I’m sure most people keep their homes clean. Why then, when it comes to public places they do not feel the need to keep it clean? I think it’s because they think it does not belong to them. Only when people start feeling that “this place is mine, or this city is mine” will radical change ever come about.

  6. rk Says:

    Chaitanya: Welcome to my blog. Yes, Cleanliness matters. A place for everything and everything in its place. That’s cleanliness!

    TP: Thanks. People think that the public place belongs to the public, not to each one of them! But for a radical change and the awareness to come about in our people, it may take ages.

  7. Vijay M.R Says:

    True story.. there is this family a few doors away from where I live (BSK 2nd Stage). Their cleaning policy was to clean their house and dump everything outside for the Cleaning Lady without putting it into a cover. As far as they were concerned, the inside of their place was clean. Who cares if the stuff they threw got blown away by the wind.

    The poor cleaning lady (from the Palike) apparently kept requesting these people to at least bag their garbage. Her requests kept getting ignored. So one fine day she took all the refuse that was in front of their house and dumped it back inside and refused to clean in front of their house. The guys started bagging their stuff from the very next day.

  8. rk Says:

    This true story of yours reminded me of an old RK Laxman cartoon. The guy is telling his friend pointing to a heap of garbage in front of his neighbour’s house: I throw the garbage in front of the neighbour’s house, he shifts it next door and it goes on till finally the heap comes in front of my house again. This is called recycling waste. 😀

    Sometimes I feel it was better when each road had a “Thotti”.

  9. Shruthi Says:

    But Bellur, the Thotti was a waste. All the “Kasa” would be outside, not inside. I haven’t seen a single Thotti with “kasa” inside!

  10. rk Says:

    A cartoon of mine was published in a magazine with exactly what you have told. The older man in the cartoon was telling the younger chap, showing the garbage strewn all over the THOTTI: See, our people are so clean. They keep the bin spick and span.

  11. Shruthi Says:

    Ha ha! Yaava magazine? Sudha na?

  12. rk Says:

    Taranga, Ugadi Visheshanka. Edition: Nearly a decade ago.

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