Palike looks beyond City for waste disposal

Identifies landfills at Kanakapura, Anekal, Chintamani

Palike looks beyond City for waste disposal

The BBMP has identified sites at Kanakapura, Anekal and Chintamani for immediate disposal, besides at least 10 places for long-term landfill purposes.

The BMTC has come forward to provide some portion of its land to the Palike for the purpose. The civic body is also coming up with alternative solutions like using the organic waste to prepare compost manure besides setting up bio-methamnisation plants.   

"We have begun the search for places to dispose of garbage. We are holding a meeting with the deputy commissioners (revenue) for land use change. Once the lands are handed over to us, we will utilise them in the next 10 days,” Mayor Venkatesh Murthy told reporters on Saturday.

He said the Palike had identified places to segregate garbage as doing so at source will reduce the burden on the landfill. Corporators will launch a drive in their respective wards to promote segregation at source, Murthy said.

He promised to clear the refuse across the City in the next two days and also announced Rs 19 crore to develop villages around the landfills.

The Mayor said of this, Rs eight crore will be spent exclusively to develop Mavallipura village, which suffers due to mounds of garbage. The Palike will strictly adhere to the Pollution Board guidelines for the safe disposal of garbage at the village so that there are no health hazards. The City’s waste would also be disposed of at Mandur and Terra Firma landfills. Many farmers had evinced interest in using organic waste as manure and this would also help clear waste in the City, he said.

Bio-methanisation plants

The BBMP will speed up commissioning of bio-methanisation plants at 16 places in the City for the safe disposal of garbage. These plants will help dispose of at least 100 tonnes of waste each day.

BBMP Commissioner M K Shankarlinge Gowda told reporters during an inspection on Saturday that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre had come forward to assist Palike set up these plants.

The Palike had approved tenders to purchase 12-wheel dumpers to carry maximum load of garbage so as to reduce the number of trips. At present, about 1,500 tonnes of garbage was being sent to Mandur, off Hoskote, and 1,000 tonnes to Terra Firma landfill.
The Palike was also exploring the possibility of utilising abandoned quarries as landfills, Gowda said.

About Mavallipura landfill, he said Ramky Enviro Engineers had flouted norms, which resulted in its closure. The Palike has directed the landfill operator to dispose of garbage in a scientific manner.

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