This is Part 2 of a series on Koramangala’s Street of Shame. Ugly Spot #3 is the unofficial open dump where the BBMP truck does its garbage pickup. It’s at the intersection of the road leading to Jyoti Nivas College main entrance. The pictures in this post were taken on Feb 20, 22 and 24th – times ranged from 9:30am to 1:30pm.
Clicking pictures 11 through 14 was REALLY hard. It had been a while since I last saw homeless people scavenging through trash in Bangalore. I’ve seen homeless people in Chicago and San Francisco scavenging from garbage bins outside restaurants but a scene… from an open roadside dump… is NOT the same.
So… a few awkward pictures and move on?
Unlike the numerous national shames that India is plagued with, this is just a local shame (a mere 1 km stretch of 1st Cross Road of which 400m is already clean). Surely we Bangalore residents can do something about the 3 ugly spots, the walls and the homeless man living on garbage? Surely this league of anonymous people (The Ugly Indian – TUI) has provided us with oodles of inspiration?
I’m now going to switch to the rallying cry from a popular kiddie TV show:
Can we do it?
Yes, we can!
What is *IT* we do?
A series of good old fashioned TUI-style SpotFixes of course… starting with Ugly Spot #3. If you are new to this TUI/Ugly Indian lingo, do checkout this mother of all Spot Fixes trilogy. When I asked the manager at Juice Junction which establishments dump at Ugly Spot #3, he answered “Everybody!” My good friend (who lives on this street) told me that most of the restaurants dump their garbage at night.
How can you help?
The action now moves to the TechSangam Facebook page. If you are a Bangalore resident who frequents this part of Koramangala, you can leave a comment on this post or, better still, start following the action on the Facebook page. We are officially in the phase of discovering who “Everybody” is.. and can use everybody’s help!