HC asks Govt to find 5 more landfills

HC asks Govt to find 5 more landfills

Expressing concern over the Government’s negligence towards City’s garbage problem, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State to identify five more landfill sites to manage the waste generated by Bangalore in the future.

Accepting the BBMP’s submission that it was the State government which had to identify the landfills, the court sought to know why the State was waiting for a request to identify landfill sites.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna observed: “It is a matter of concern that the government has not yet looked into the problems of the citizens. It is obvious that more sites are required for receiving waste generated in the metropolitan area. Additional government advocate should obtain instruction of locations of at least five sites in different directions of the City for receiving waste within two weeks.”

Request

The State’s counsel R Devdas earlier submitted that there was no formal request from the BBMP to identify landfill sites. “Why request? Everbody needs to be responsible.

Segregated inert waste should be put to landfill immediately. You (the government) are still waiting for a request. Indicate areas to take the waste,” the Bench directed.

The government was also directed to consult the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and other departments to pre-empt objections that might arise due to the selection of sites.

The court cited the petitioners’ submission that the Mavallipura landfill was closed between July and October following objection by the Indian Air Force.

The IAF site was within 10 km of the Mavallipura site. The proximity had led to bird-hits and immense losses in the form of pilots and aircraft.

Pollution board pulled up

The Bench also took KSPCB to task for permitting the landfill within the vicinity of the airport, although the solid waste management rules disallowed such sites within a 10-km radius around an airport.

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