Garbage, a never ending concern for Bellandur residents

The irregular pick up of garbage has lead to several black points in the Bellandur ward.

As the micro plan for solid waste management by the BBMP is yet to be implemented in Bellandur ward in East Bengaluru despite being approved two months ago, the garbage menace has turned into a never-ending headache to residents.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s micro plan, launched in 2017, is a process of creating solid waste management for the smallest unit, by splitting the ward into 750 households and shops.

According to the plan, there are supposed to be 54 vehicles, six compactors and regular pick up of wet waste. But in Bellandur ward, there are only 24 vehicles and two compactors. The irregular pick up of garbage has lead to several black points in the ward.

“There are about 40,652 households in the ward, and we need at least 43 vehicles. The vehicles we have are the regular goods autos and not even tippers, which are required for wet waste collection. Some autos are not even functioning properly,” said a resident of Bellandur.

The residents also claim that the Palike has not floated tenders to procure new tippers and autos.

Mahesh, BBMP Health Inspector, said the head office of solid waste management approved the garbage micro plan and the funds have to be sanctioned.

The Palike has moved the transfer point of wet waste vehicles right in front of Dry Waste Collection Center (DWCC) in the ward, adding to the woes of residents. As the secondary collection point of wet waste is very close to the residential areas, citizens have raised complaints of foul smell and fear of diseases.

“The two-acre land in Bellandur ward where a PPP-model DWCC is being run on a government land. The secondary collection point, which was earlier opposite to Kaikondrahalli Lake in Sarjapura Road, is shifted in front of DWCC now, as residents forced us to move from there. Now that there is a plenty of space in the government land, we are operating secondary collection point there,” added Mahesh.

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