The high court issued notices to the BBMP, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Air Force Station of Yelahanka and state department of ecology after hearing a PIL questioning the alleged illegal move of the BBMP in allowing landfills at Mavallipura village, within the catchment area of the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, which is a major source of drinking water for Bangalore.
Environment Support Group (ESG) had filed a PIL in the high court. It had contended that one landfill, spread over 40 acres, has been operative at Mavallipura from 2001 to 2006. The other is spread over 100 acres. Arkavathy River flows within 2.5 km of the landfills and highly toxic leachates are polluting the river, which joins Cauvery. The pollution caused major health problems to the local communities, and water-borne diseases have seen a steep increase in the villages near the landfill.
ESG contended that the landfills pose hazard to the health of the villagers living around it. The NGO argued that the decision of the BBMP in citing, establishing, commissioning and operating these landfills is illegal and deeply flawed. The organisation has sought a direction to the operators of both the landfills to clean up the accumulated waste, decontaminate the area thoroughly and restore the lands.
The division bench headed by chief justice Vikramajit Sen then issued notices to the BBMP, KSPCB, Air Force Station of Yelahanka and department of ecology.