Mandur effect: Trash piles up on City roads

Last Updated 01 July 2014, 10:31 IST

As Mandur residents intensify their stir against dumping of waste in their village, the garbage from the City is being dumped on main roads, causing frustration among the citizens.

On Monday, a garbage heap in Mayor B S Sathyanarayana’s ward, near Acharya Pathashala High School, N R Colony in Basavanagudi, had been letting out a foul stench and attracting dogs around it.

Rathnamma, a resident, said that the garbage heap was a nuisance which the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had to address at the earliest to save her locality.

The Kathriguppe main road from Big Bazaar to Vidyapeetha Circle had a huge heap of waste dumped beside it. The pourakarmikas (sanitation workers) there said that the tipper had not arrived to pick up the garbage.

Garbage dumping has also increased in Ulsoor, one of the most crowded places in the City. Vijay Raj, a resident, complained that the waste was not cleared from the area for the past two days. Though he did not have any idea what segregation of waste was, he knew that the protest at Mandur was the reason behind the garbage problem in Bangalore. 

A similar situation has cropped up near the Koramangala National Games Village near the EWS quarters.

Meanwhile in Mandur, the agitation intensified with villagers blocking the trucks from entering the landfill. According to sources, for the last two days not a single truck was allowed to dump waste. 

A Mandur resident seeking anonymity said, “We are vigilant about the entry of the garbage trucks. We will not let a single truck to dump waste. An arrangement has been made where 600-700 villagers sit at the entrance of the landfill to prevent the entry of trucks.”

Villagers are spending their nights in front of the landfill.

In search of solutions to rid the village of waste, the villagers have decided to approach legal luminaries in Bangalore who are sympathetic and have lent moral support to their agitation.A villager said that the agitators had unanimously decided to seek assistance of a renowned retired judge.

Justice S B Majage visit

Following the aggravated garbage crisis in the City, Upalokayukta Justice S B Majage visited Mandur and noted the implementation of some of his directions to improve the condition in the village. It is learnt that the villagers complained to him about the deplorable condition they were forced to live in and the BBMP's betrayal, which is dumping waste even after giving in writing a year ago that from June 1, it would not dump waste.

(Published 16 June 2014, 20:54 IST)

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