BBMP has no scientific landfill site: KSPCB

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) does not have single scientifically approved landfill site considering that it generates 60 per cent of solid waste in municipal bodies across State, as per Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) statistics.

KSPCB distributed these statistics on pamphlets to citizens at BBMP sponsored — Wake Up Clean Up expo.

The KSPCB said, as on date, only six municipal bodies have been identified as having scientifically approved landfill site. This excludes BBMP. The six are: Mangalore Municipal Corporation (along with Town Panchayat of Ullal), City Municipal Corporation (CMC) of Karwar, CMC Udupi, Town Municipal Corporation (TMC) Puttur and Town Panchayat of Ankola.

As many as 207 municipalities/local bodies, out of 219, across the State have failed to implement a functional garbage processing unit to dispose the filth accumulating in their backyards.

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) Chairman, Vaman Acharya said these 207 local bodies either ‘lacked vision’ or have been given ‘erratic technologies’ to dispose waste in their respective jurisdiction.

Acharya, on a tour across the entire north Karnataka belt said, the situation is bad right from Chitradurga to Hospet, Bellary to Gulbarga. Despite a few having made a beginning, others have been faltering in achieving their goal.

“Most local bodies have not shown any progress in setting up a functional scientific garbage processing unit,” Acharya said, adding these need to be covered, and efficient.
“The idea is to ensure that there is a factory like setup,” he said.

According to Acharya, having been given allocations by State government to buy land for setting up garbage disposal plants, these local bodies have not utilised their land bank for the purpose it was setup. As many as 187 local bodies/municipalities, of 207, have bought land to setup garbage processing plant, albiet without a vision to use them.

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