BBMP to dump at Mandur for another 6 months

Alternative sites not yet identified

BBMP to dump at Mandur for another 6 months

The State government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will have to continue to dump the City’s garbage at Mandur for at least six more months, despite raging protests from villages close to the landfill, as it is yet to identify alternative sites.

While Bangalore in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy pacifed the outraged protesters,
the BBMP quietly despatched around 1,000 MT ofwaste late on Monday night.

As people agitated against the dumping,police arrested about 30 key leaders of the agitation and detained them at Anekal police station, at least 50 km away from Mandur village.

With the arrest, the government signalled that it has decided to bulldoze all protesters
against trucking waste from theBBMP limits. The arrests triggered a vehement yet peaceful agitation on Tuesday in which a large number of men and women participated. The protest was backed by the CPM and thefledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) giving a political colour to the crisis.

Thegovernmenthas allayed fears of a repeat scenario of 2012, wherein theMavallipura
dumpingyard crisis createdan upheaval. Minister Reddy said the government and the BBMP had taken all possible precautions to process the waste generated in Bangalore.

Accordingly, five major projects for composting waste and generating energy have been approved by the civic agencies and appropriate authorities. The solid waste  management projects which have been approved are for MSGP Hi-Tech, Sataram Company, SL Infra Projects Private Limited, Bruhat Bangalore Hoteliers AssociationandMaltoseCompany.
While MSGP has been approved to process waste into compost on a 100-acre land in

Alternativesites not yet identified Doddaballapur, Sataram will be converting waste to energy on its 40-acre land near Ramanagara. Hoteliers  Association and Maltose Company will process only hotelwaste to generate manure.

Another16 units of bio-mechanisation plants have been approved within the City to process the waste. BBMP Commissioner M D Lakshminarayana said the Palike had arranged to process 2,700MTofgarbageeveryday.

At present, the City generates close to4,000MT of waste daily. Directions have also been
given to the DCs of four districts of Kolar, Doddaballapur, Chikkaballapur and Ramanagara
to identify land away from habitation to dump garbage.

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