Protest at Excel Plant today

Addressing a media conference here on Tuesday, he said that denizens in these areas are suffering from the pungent smell caused by the plant. He said that there there is a chance of an epidemic occurring in the city due to the toxic substances at the plant.

He said that when the plant was set-up in 1997, it could process about 50 to 100 tonnes of waste. However, as the city has grown every day 250 to 300 tonnes of waste is generated, which can’t be handled by the plant.

Even though the Centre has given Rs 11 crore, the district administration has failed to take measures to stop the foul smell emanating from the plant.

Pointing out that the plant lacks a chimney to release the poisonous methane gas, Somashekar said that it was affecting thousands of people living in the surrounding areas.

BJP slams protest

K R Constituency BJP President V Somasundar slammed former MLA K Somashekar for planning to stage a protest against the functioning of the Excel Plant.

Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, Somasundar said that ­when the plant was opened M K Somashekar was one of the councillors and Siddaramaiah was the then finance minister. He said that then MLA S A Ramdas and BJP councillors had opposed the opening of the plant. But now, several leaders are protesting against the plant for political mileage, he added.

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