BENGALURU: The festival of lights is here but citizens are still in the dark about how long they’ve to put up with the stink from garbage heaps in their neighbourhood. Though the stir by Doddaballapur villagers, who had stopped garbage trucks from entering processing units in their backyard for six days, has ended, the menace hasn’t. On Sunday too, many residents complained of uncleared garbage in areas like Church Street, Commercial Street, Malleswaram, Yelahanka, Sahakarnagar, Hebbal, Vidyaranyapura and Rajajinagar.

The wait is expected to continue for at least two more days — after Diwali — as BBMP officials said they’ll need time till Wednesday to clear the collected waste. “We have to sort thousdands of tonnes of muck accumulated over five days, from the time the Doddaballapur protest started,” said a senior official from the Palike’s solid waste management wing.

Sudhanva D, a resident of Malleswaram had come to shop in central Bengaluru and happened to drop in at Church Street. “I was welcomed by flies hovering around a garbage dump at one of the cross roads. This is pathetic. A friend, who was there two days ago, faced the same problem,” he pointed out.

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Source: TOI-BGLR