Mavallipura landfill will be revived:CM

Mavallipura landfill will be revived:CM

Plan includes 300-tonne garbage processing unit

Mavallipura landfill will be revived:CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Tuesday that the Mavallipura landfill will be “revived” to fulfil the assurance given to residents of Mandur on putting an end to dumping garbage in the village from December 1.

After a meeting with ministerial colleagues, Siddaramaiah briefed reporters about the action plan to stop sending waste to Mandur. The action plan includes reviving Mavallipura landfill where a 300-tonne garbage processing unit would be set up.

Reiterating his resolve, Siddaramaiah said the government is fully prepared to stop dumping waste at Mandur from December 1 and the exercise will begin from November 1, when the government will reduce the transportation of waste to the village in a phased manner.

The chief minister said that Bangalore generates about 3,600-4,000 tonnes of waste every day ofwhichabout 1,200 tonnes go to Mandur. He said the MSGP Company is setting up a processing unit of 500-750 tonnes daily. Another firm, Noble Exchange, will use 50 tonnes of waste daily for bio-methanation.

“We will revive Mavallipura landfill where 300 tonnes of waste will be processed. Some waste will be sent to Bingipura and Lakshmipura. I have also directed BBMP officials regarding the segregation of waste. Also, tenders willbefloated for garbage disposal in 110wards,” he said.

Siddaramaiah said there are many illegal quarries which have been stopped. They will beused for dumping construction material and debris to level them so that they can be used for various purposes, including processing units.

Moments after Siddaramaiah’s statement, Environment Support Group (ESG) said the Mavallipura landfill cannot be revived for dumping purposes.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Leo Saldanha of ESG said as per the high court directive, only segregated wet waste can be processed at Mavallipura and there should not be any dumping of waste.

He pointed out certain irregularities by landfill operator Ramky Enviro-Engineers, which led to its shutdown two years ago.

Saldanha has also written a letter to Darpan Jain, special commissioner, solid waste management, BBMP, stating: “The technical note prepared by Ramky and accepted by BBMPas the basis to authorise the company as its operator atMavallipura contains no discussion whatsoever on how the company proposes toprocess 300 tonnes of segregated wet waste per day at the facility, as has been undertaken before the Honourable High Court of Karnataka in WP46523/2012.Thenote also does not reveal if the infrastructure at the Mavallipura facility is in any state of readiness to process this volume offully segregated wet waste in compliance with the court’s directions.”

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