Residents of Mavallipura village have put their foot down and rejected the mayor’s plea of allowing more garbage to be dumped there until the existing trash is disposed of scientifically.
Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy and BBMP’s solid waste management chief engineer Ananth Swamy met Gantiganahalli gram panchayat member Ramesh and other villagers at the BBMP headquarters on Friday.
Ramesh said the villagers would not agree to dumping of more garbage in the landfill there. He said the groundwater in the area was contaminated and the environment had taken a beating. Roads were damaged owing to constant plying of garbage trucks. He said the BBMP council had resolved to take up scientific disposal of garbage, but nothing came out of it.
Ramesh highlighted that the BBMP council had promised a slew of other things too, but none of them was fulfilled. He pointed out the failed promises: providing Cauvery water, setting up health camps, conducting a survey related to agriculture and cattle, among others.
He said that when the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board ordered the closure of Mavallipura landfill, the BBMP stopped water supply to the area through tankers. He said the Palike stopped spraying too. He said the villagers do not want the `8-crore BBMP package, they want scientific disposal of garbage dumped at the landfill.
The gram panchayat member pointed out more irregularities. He said that for the landfill to be operative, the BBMP has to take a no-objection certificate from BIAL (19 km away from landfill), Jakkur airport (7.2 km away) and the Air Force (its premises being 4.8 km away), but the Palike does not have that.
Addressing media persons after the meeting, the mayor said that for 15 years, garbage was dumped unscientifically in Mavallipura, causing a slew of problems for the villagers.
He said the BBMP council’s resolution of providing drinking water and conducting health check-ups for the villagers could not materialise because of lack of coordination between the officials and the villagers. He stated that the court would hear a public interest litigation regarding garbage on November 20, and the verdict would set the tone for the future course of action.