In relation to selecting a residence, a number of facets and necessities come to the fore. Whereas lots of the expectations could or might not be fulfilled, one side that’s typically irreconcilable is the environs of the possible residence; this notably contains an absence of rubbish dumping within the neighborhood.
However how about intentionally selecting a website that overlooks a complete road used as a rubbish dump,not simply by the civic-insensitive residents within the neighbourhood but in addition by the BBMP which periodically contributes to the putrefying refuse? Sounds unthinkable, undoubtedly irrational? Maybe.
However that’s precisely what Hemant Agrawal did within the 12 months 2011, shopping for an outdated home in Domlur ward, located straight reverse a stinking, overflowing rubbish dump that served because the breeding floor for all ills, to not point out the numerous rodents and pests that vied for house with the cows and stray canine scouring by the mounting filth. It’s to be famous that this rubbish dump was not confined to a single website however prolonged throughout a complete road because it abetted the compound wall of the defence space, tucked safely away from site visitors.
“The place was a black spot for the BBMP, where the area garbage was dumped, to be collected later. The stench was intense, with flies, mosquitoes and rats on the mounds of garbage piled. I would stay up past midnight and wake up as early as 4 a.m. just to stop the neighbourhood from dumping more garbage on that street”, says Dr. Agrawal. “Some even threatened me when I tried to stop the dumping and had some of it cleared”, he provides.
However what prompted him to safe a property reverse a rubbish dump? “I took it as a challenge to clear the spot and make it habitable. If my residence was next to it, the perseverance would be more”, he smiles.
The battle to clear it was nonetheless not straightforward, extending over six years of sleepless nights. “While the intense stench made it impossible for us to step out of the residence without covering our nose, our windows and doors facing the garbage remained permanently shut to keep out the flies and mosquitoes.”
In keeping with Agrawal, not solely was family rubbish dumped, even building particles was dumped, changing into the only largest dumping floor for all the things within the space whereas the BBMP “turned a deaf year to all complaints.”
Nevertheless, in 2015 the tide turned when Agrawal managed to have the BBMP Commissioner, Subhodh Yadhav, make a go to. “Interestingly, the BBMP had a sizeable portion of the garbage cleared to make way for the Commissioner’s visit, but promptly went back to dumping after his visit”, he says.
The actual change began when The Ugly Indian got here into the image in 2016, manually eradicating the dry waste and particles and later stacking the moist waste in opposition to the defence space compound wall. “I sourced a large variety of seeds and threw them on this stacked pile so that over a period, the compost from the wet waste will serve as a fertile soil to nurture a rich growth of greenery.”
Whereas the dense development of greens occurred, and the rubbish dumping deterred, Agrawal was confronted with one other menace on the trail cleared.
“Once the garbage was cleared, an erstwhile tarred road was revealed on the path. This was soon taken over as a parking space for private buses, with the drivers and cleaners using the road as a bathing and toilet area”, he says.
Undaunted, Agrawal continued to stick with assist from The Ugly Indian, retaining the house litter free, periodically including to the greenery. “We eventually managed to stop these buses from being parked there.”
Quickly the state of affairs altered for the higher when the corporator of Domlur ward, Lakshminarayan Gundanna, supplied to assist with tarring the road.
“For the reason that road is tucked away from the principle highway and has no site visitors, we determined to create a serene walkway for senior residents with lush greens flanking both aspect. We had pavers on the road to allow rainwater to seep in whereas the fruit timber and flowers on both aspect carry color and cheer. “
The road is blocked for site visitors on each ends, guaranteeing the aged can stroll safely, says Agrawal, revealing a fantastic avenue that now marks an erstwhile rubbish dump.
Curiously, this ‘Ajji Ajja’ highway is just not the one initiative that Agrawal has taken up during the last decade. “Together with The Ugly Indian and Corporator Gundanna, we now have labored on different black spots within the space, just like the house underneath the flyover, one other rubbish dumping website subsequent to an upmarket condominium advanced, and created a canine park, in addition to different initiatives. The ward has additionally been made a puppy-free zone, with all the road canine neutered.”