Mandur residents agree to give 5 months' time, claims Palike

We have managed to convince the villagers, says commissioner

Mandur residents agree to give  5 months' time, claims Palike

Residents of Mandur have agreed to “co-operate” with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike on dumping the City’s garbage in the village, according to Palike Commissioner M Lakshminarayana.

“We have managed to convince the villagers and they are willing to support us for five months instead of six months sought by us. If the villagers resort to protest again, we have no option but to hold talks with them,” the commissioner told Deccan Herald on Sunday. The Palike officials held a meeting with the protesting villagers on Sunday to thrash out a solution for the garbage crisis.

City in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that they were helpless and had to dump garbage at Mandur landfill until alternative locations were found. “We cannot depend on government land for garbage disposal. During the recent meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, we proposed the idea of purchasing the land,” he added. The commissioner said that the civic agency was chalking out a solution by setting up waste processing units.

However, some villagers were furious and were not willing to co-operate with the Palike. Some representatives who attended the meeting made contradictory statements. Gopal Rao said: “We have been protesting since June 1 and will not allow a single truck to enter the area from June 15. We allowed only 20 to 30 trucks on the night of June 14,” he said. However, the BBMP commissioner claimed that around 70 truckloads of garbage were sent to Mandur and about 20 trucks to Terra Firma landfill near Doddaballapur on June 14.

Hunger strike

Meanwhile, eight villagers launched a hunger strike on Sunday at Mandur and said they will continue to fast until their demands were met. “We want the government and the Palike to stop sending the trucks to Mandur landfill. We have suffered enough till now,” they added. Freedom fighter H S Dore­swamy and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ravikrishna Reddy were present.

The protesters urged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should spend a day at Mandur landfill area to understand how it feels to live in the place. “We want the chief minister to give us an assurance in writing that after three months, the garbage trucks will not be sent to the landfill site. Only then, we will call off the protest,” they said.

Siddaramaiah, on Sunday, told media in Mysore that the government will soon identify another location to dump garbage. He blamed the previous government for the problem.

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