Reckless and Relentless: BBMP’s garbage trucks cause panic among citizens

Bangalore Crime

In span of a month, three lives have been lost in accidents involving Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) garbage trucks.

The Bengaluru City Police are concerned about the ‘reckless’ driving of BBMP garbage trucksthat have claimed the lives of three people in the past month.

On Monday night, a BBMP garbage truck ran over a 40-year-old women employee of a nationalised bank, who was riding her scooter, at the Nayandahalli junction. She died on-spot.Thinmmay Gowda, sub-inspector of Byatarayana traffic police saidthat, the driver fled the scene right after the crash, but was caught in the morning hours of Tuesday.

He added that one of the major reasons for the rise in casualties is because majority of the trick drivers, drive at a speed of 70- 80 kmph, violating speed limits, in the busiest roads  of Bangalore.

Shuba, sub-inspector, Cubbon Park Traffic Police Station said that,despite the intensive cleanliness drives, undertaken by BBMP, to clean all active underpasses so that people don’t have to cross the roads., . the cases of accidents are still on the rise.

On April 1, a 60-year-old farmer, Raymayya S, was killed after a speeding BBMP garbage truck knocked down his bike in Bengaluru. A similar incident took place in Hebbal where a woman was knocked down by a garbage truck. She escaped with injuries.

When Akshaya a 14-year-old studentwas hit by a garbage truck, the BBMP officials said that the home guards, posted at the pedestrian underpass, did not warn the deceased student and others from crossing the road.

Uma Shankar, traffic police officer, Sadashivanagar police station said, another major reason behind the accidents  is  the garbage trucks are seen on  narrow lanes in densely populated areas. Dangerous road conditions and blind-spots which obstruct the driver’s vision, lead to more  accidents, he added.

Civic officials stated that though some pedestrians use facilities such as subway and underpasses, many citizens prefer to cross roads at signals.

National Crime Report Bureau report states that Bengaluru leads the list of cities, in terms of registered cases against civic authorities for death due to negligence.