The Ugly Indian’ Group Gives A Beautiful Makeover To Bengaluru Flyover
BENGALURU: They call themselves The Ugly Indian, a group of residents of Bengaluru who work anonymously behind masks.
There is a lot of concern expressed in conversations, online – and from armchairs – about the need to clean up our country. But The Ugly Indian gets out there and get their hands dirty fixing city eyesores and making them beauty spots. On Sunday they were at the Hennur Junction flyover – where ugly concrete pillars and the space under the flyover – were transformed in a few hours.
First garbage and construction debris were removed by the volunteers. Then poster that had been stuck to the pillars was painstakingly removed. Bengaluru’s mayor Manjunath Reddy was inspired enough to stop by in the morning and help peel off some posters himself.
Then the pillars were painted in bright cheerful colours. Black and yellow paint was applied to the kerb. And the area under the flyover between the railings was being transformed into a little garden. Turf was introduced; plants were, well planted. And little paths were got ready – made from material picked up from other roads where paving stones had been removed.
Why come out on a Sunday for this? From the children: “I pass this way every day on my way to school. It used to look terrible,” a child said.