Garbage wars: Villages stand firm against Bengaluru

Garbage wars: Villages stand firm against Bengaluru

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-04-12 09:38 Bengaluru: The mounds of garbage in Bengaluru keep growing, with residents of villages on the outskirts of the city resisting dumping of solid waste in their area, and the Ugadi holiday season contributing more waste to the rotting, stinking piles.The decomposing mango and neem leaves and withering flowers are causing unbearable stench at KR Market, Krishnaraj Puram, Shanthinagar and Shivajinagar. The garbage pile from the collection points remains uncleared.City Market Association President GM Diwakar said that during normal days the market alone generated two tonnes of waste. But this time, around 15 tonnes of waste was lying uncleared even post-Ugadi.“And none of the BBMP officials have come to market to get it cleared. We are left to suffer foul smell,” Diwakar said.The State Government in co-ordination with the BBMP took measures to set up seven waste processing units on the outskirts of the city, but the BBMP workers are not lifting the garbage at collection points because they have nowhere to dump it.The waste processing units were set up at Doddaballapur (500-tonne capacity), Lingadeeranahalli (200 tonnes), Doddabidarakallu (200 tonnes), Subbarayanapalya (200 tonnes), Seegehalli (150 tonnes), Kannahalli (500 tonnes) and Chikkanagamangala (500 tonnes). The BBMP also collects Rs 100 as garbage cess when along with property tax.Kannahalli and Seegehalli villagers gives deadlineAfter the Mayor’s visit on Monday to Kannahalli and Seegehalli villages, about 40 km from Bengaluru, the villagers have given a 20 days to the BBMP to stop dumping garbage from the city.About 500 tonnes of municipal solid waste is sent to Kannahalli and 200 tonnes is sent to Seegehalli. Though the City Corporation claimed that it is sending only green and segregated waste to these villages, the villagers dismiss the claim.Mohan Raj, secretary, Kannahallai Seegahalli Kasa Vilevari Horata Samithi said he apathetic attitude of the BBMP had caused serious health issues to the residents of the villages.“We dont want to bear this waste anymore at any cost. Apart from this, the BBMP is also police force to dump the waste in the village. In the name of our village development programme, they are dumping their waste. We want this plant to shut if they cannot stop this bad smell and mosquito menace due to garbage.”Mohan Raj said that when a female resident from the village raised her voice against this injustice, she was taken into police custody by women police and let off with warning.He further added that the residents of Kannahalli and Seegehalli will march from their villages to to Vidhana Soudha and BBMP head office, carrying the City's garbage and will dump it in in Bengaluru to protest against the atrocities by officials and elected members of City Corporation.Sarfaraz Khan, Special Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, in BBMP conceded that the residents of Seegehalli and Kannahalli were angry as the rotting garbage was causing them many issues related to health.“The contractors, here should have taken the villagers into confidence and shown them that the processing plant is safe and bad smell will not spread. The waste collected should be stored in closed unit till the operation begins. If these things are taken care then there will be no issue."The officer said the other five dump yards had reported no violence. The villages are accommodated under development plan. Kannahalli and Seegehalli too were included in the development plan, but quarry owners and land mafia had instigated the villagers, Khan said. He said they would visit the villages and convince the residents to allow them to dump the waste.BBMP Commissioner G Kumar Naik did not answer the specifics. "The dialogue is on and we had taken them to KCDC unit four days ago. Today, we visited them to offer a solution to their issues. We will win over them and everything will be solved and at present we send only wet and segregated waste."Subodh Yadav, Special Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, BBMP, said the BBMP is concerned only with clearing municipal solid waste and it was doing exactly that.He refused to respond on solution to the on going tussle with villagers of Kannahalli and Seegehalli. Even as Bfirst.in tried to pin him down, Yadav got into his car and drove away.