Why is Bengaluru turning into a waste land? Look in into your backyard, Mr George!

Why is Bengaluru turning into a waste land? Look in into your backyard, Mr George!

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2016-11-02 12:50 Bengaluru: Three years ago, residents of Banaswadi and surrounding areas were relieved to see the installation of a brand new Dry Waste Collection Centre in 2nd Block of Ward no 27, HRBR Layout.But their dream of efficient segregation and storage of dry waste at the centre was short-lived as the centre shut down in less than six months for reasons unknown.Following the closure, the Residents' Welfare Association approached the BBMP and higher authorities and requested them to reopen the centre again. But nothing happened. The irony is that the ward comes under the constituency of Bengaluru Development Minister, K J George.At present, the DWCC is in a dilapidated state and used as a store room. The place is choked with empty liquor bottles, plastic bags, electric bulb, papers, cable wire, huge plastic bags, assorted metal, and other hazardous substances.Jude Rajesh, President, Citizen Welfare Association, said the DWCC was inaugurated by George when he became the Home Minister in 2011.“We thought that this would solve the garbage issue as the dry waste would be stored here but we started getting foul smell as the conservancy workers dumped the entire waste here,” he said.Fire hazardThe centre has all kinds of scrap materials, and residents feel it could catch fire anytime."This place is stocked with boxes and other materials that are kept locked from many months. There is a possibility of fire tragedy. Earlier, people used to set fire to garbage in park premises and residents had a tough time,” said Rajesh.Jayanth Garudachar, General Secretary, Banaswadi 2nd Block, said unsegregated dumping sealed the fate of the centre. “We have complained to Assistant Executive Engineer, Executive Engineer, Joint Commissioner, East, Joint Commissioner Health and even the District In-charge Minister George, but nothing has been done so far,” he said.Official angleKodanda Reddy, Banaswadi Corporator, couldn’t provide the reason for the centre’s closure, though he said he was aware of the problem. "The residents must come to me and only then I will be able to help them,” said Reddy.The search for the reason behind the centre’s closure finally ended with Srikanth, Assistant Executive Engineer, Banaswadi Sub-Division. Srikanth said the contractor in-charge of the DWCC chose to shut it down as the centre did not generate enough income. “They are using it as store room. We are yet to call tenders to reopen the centre again,” said Srikanth