Bengaluru: The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in the city happens to be one of the most preferred recreation spots among the locals as well as tourists. However, given the large number of visitors that the garden attracts, the officials here are posed with an unique problem of waste.
The visitors entering the garden, usually carry food items into the garden and many of them litter the premises. The problem is aggravated when leftovers of non-vegetarian food is dumped here as it often attracts the stray dogs. Hence, in order to tackle the issue and maintain the cleanliness in the garden, the State Department of Horticulture has decided to ban outside food items in the garden from January 1.
“This rule was designed in 2003 itself but it was not implemented strictly. Now, as the waste problem is on raise, we have decided on the strict implementation of the rules. Three security guards have been appointed to stop people from bringing food items to the garden,” he said.
The officials think that if the rule is implemented immediately, they can avoid storage of huge amount of wastage during the flower show. They expect the support and cooperation of the public for this initiative.
The officials said that the use of plastic is already banned in the garden. Directions have been given to all four shops inside the garden not to use plastic. They impose a fine if there is any use of plastic in the shops. “Still, people bring plastic from outside and dump it here,” said an official.