Talks fail, Mandur protest continues

Unhappy with the meeting held with chief minister on June 13, the Mandur residents staged a protest on Saturday demanding the State government and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take immediate steps to solve garbage crisis.

Members of various associations, politicians and senior freedom fighter H S Doreswamy took part in the protest. Doreswamy said the State government should find a permanent solution to the crisis and should no longer dump the garbage at Mandur.

“The villagers are facing this problem for a long time and they should not be punished anymore. The State government should empathise with them. The six-month deadline set by them is a long time.”

The freedom fighter said the government must find alternative sites outside the City.

“The government should appoint tahsildar and other officials concerned to find a vacant place in two to three days time,” he said. The residents have threatened that from June 15, 10 people would go on an indefinite hunger strike.

“We will not allow any garbage trucks to enter the landfill area in the night. The strike will go on till our demands are met,” they said.

Meanwhile, Doreswamy said that he along with volunteers from Brashtachara Nirmoolana Vedike would stage a protest opposite Town Hall on June 16, 17 and 18.He said he will also join the hunger strike by villagers after the protests.

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