Palike opens 'illegal' dumping yard at Kogilu

Trash being dumped on 80-foot deep abandoned stone quarry off Yelahanka

Palike opens 'illegal' dumping yard at Kogilu

Even as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is about to stop dumping garbage at Mandur landfill from December 1, it has found an illegal dumping yard at an abandoned quarry in Kogilu Layout, off Yelahanka. Trucks transporting garbage to Mandur are being reportedly diverted to the quarry site.

According to the residents of Kogilu Bande in Kogilu Layout, the Palike has been dumping garbage on the 60-acre Bande area for the past one month.

“The Bande is a government land wherein stone quarrying has been carried out. The quarrying stopped a year ago and half of the 80-foot deep Bande is now filled with water. The Palike has been dumping garbage on water. This has led to leachate formation and foul smell in the area,” said Muniraju L, a resident of Agrahara Layout, located close-by.

The residents maintained that about 50 trucks dump garbage daily, after 11.30 pm.
The new landfill has been affecting the residents of Kogilu Layout and surrounding areas such as Kattigehalli, Agrahara Layout and Srinivasapura, to name a few.
“The place resembling Mandur landfill poses health risks. Apart from dog menace, mosquitoes and houseflies have also increased.

Yelahanka Air Force Station is located hardly two km away and we fear birds might hit aircraft taking off or landing there. The nearby Kattigehalli and Kogilu lakes are also being contaminated,” said Muniswamy Wodeyar, another resident.

Recently, about eight residents of Kogilu Layout tested positive for dengue. Residents said that garbage dumping had stopped since three days following their protests. But they fear it might start again soon. “When questioned, the drivers of garbage trucks told us to approach Palike officials,” the residents said.

The legislator of Byatarayanapura constituency and Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda was unavailable for comments. Jakkur ward corporator Muneendra Kumar K V said that the Palike had reduced the number of trucks transporting garbage to Mandur landfill and they were being diverted to Kogilu Bande. “I have discussed the matter with Palike Commissioner M Lakshminarayana. Steps will be taken to ensure that garbage is not dumped here in future,” he added.

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