Mandur residents protest excess dumping of garbage

Mandur residents protest excess dumping of garbage

Residents of Mandur, off Mahadevapura, staged a dharna on Tuesday, alleging that excess garbage was being dumped at the waste disposal unit of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike set up in the village.

There was tension in the village as residents blocked the movement of garbage-carrying trucks since Monday night and, gathered in large numbers in front of the waste disposal unit early on Tuesday to register their protest.

A huge posse of policemen was posted in the area to prevent any untoward incident as the village had witnessed violence over the issue in the past.

Normally, 100-150 trucks are allowed to dump garbage at the waste disposal unit daily. However, in the past four to five months, over 500 trucks carrying garbage have been entering the village during the night to dump the waste, the protesters alleged.

Due to excess dumping, it has not been possible to properly dispose the garbage and this has resulted in large-scale pollution. The stench emanating from the undisposed garbage has become a health hazard and residents of Mandur risked contracting diseases, they said.

Following the protest, BBMP’s Executive Engineer (Mahadevapura zone), Nagaraj, arrived at the spot, and assured the protesters that the problem would be solved in a week’s time.
He also promised that steps would be taken to ensure that only limited number of trucks carry garbage to the unit daily.

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