Trash dumping goes on unabated on Kundlahalli lakebed

Trash dumping goes on unabated on Kundlahalli lakebed

Quite insensitive to the city’s waste management conundrum, the dumping of garbage on Kundalahalli lakebed, which stopped following a series of reports in the media, has started again.

The BBMP, which promised to take action against the violators, has failed to check the menace. Volunteers and concerned residents in the area say most of the dumping takes place during late evenings and nights.

On January 19, DH had reported how the garbage and construction debris at a 20-acre landfill near the Kundalahalli Lake, where the civic body’s solid waste management contractors and workers dump and segregate waste, have become a headache for the residents in the vicinity.

During the last spot inspection in February, the BBMP officials said they would hold the landowner responsible for the sorry state of the lakebed. The landowner was warned thereafter not to allow any further dumping in the area. However, the dumping is still rampant during the nights, the residents claim.

“All kinds of garbage is being dumped regularly, and are burnt as well. When volunteers mobilised JCBs and fire tenders to douse those fires, the garbage mafia threatened the team and told them to stop their campaign. We have seen garbage vans dumping the waste during nights. When asked, they said they are dumping it temporarily and would clear it soon,” said a resident of Kundalahalli.

The residents also claimed garbage is being dumped now in the untouched areas of the site. “The BBMP has got the garbage removed from the footpath along the lakebed. But that garbage is then transferred to these untouched areas,” added the resident.

Mamatha, BBMP’s environmental engineer, claimed there is no garbage dumping taking place at the spot anymore. “We are monitoring the dumping site every day and there are security guards deployed by the landowner himself to regulate the dumping in the site. If we still find any dumping taking place during nights, we will take action,” she said.

“We have asked the BBMP to deploy at least four marshals at the lake. If this is done, the situation can be brought under control,” she added.