Lokayukta sets four months deadline to shift garbage plant

Ombudsman calls for immediate measures at govt hospitals in city

Lokayukta justice Y Bhaskar Rao on Saturday set a deadline of four months to the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) to shift the existing garbage plant at Sewage Farm at Vidyaranyapuram to the outskirts of the city.

Following a complaint from M Lakshman, the convener of Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), the anti-corruption ombudsman directed the city corporation officials to identify a suitable location for dumping yard in the next six weeks.

Deposing before the grievance redressal meeting conducted by the Lokayukta at Senate Bhavan here, Lakshmana said that there were clear directions from the Supreme Court that garbage units must be located outside the city. However, the existing plant at Sewage Farm was well within city limits, causing health hazards in the neighbourhood localities.

In his reply, Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) S Palaiah apprised the Lokayukta about the lands identified in the past to dump the waste. MCC Health Officer Dr D G Nagaraj said the local body had already identified two places at Rayankere and Kesare to decongest the load on the sewage plant. Besides, zero waste management units were being set up to address the issue.

Lakshmana who objected to the identified locations, contended that even Rayankere and Kesare were located within the city limits.

When Sundaramma, an octogenarian woman complained about the delay on part of the survey department in demarcating 59 acres of land belonging to the family at Varuna in Mysore taluk, the Lokayukta ordered the officials concerned to complete the process within two weeks.

Summons

Following the absence of Deputy Director of PU Education who was a respondent in a case, the Lokayukta justice ordered for him to be summoned, to give an explanation about his absence in person before the Lokayukta at his office in Bangalore on June 27.

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