Post-Mandur, Palike's trash woes mount

Post-Mandur, Palike's trash woes mount

Villages around some abandoned quarry pits on the outskirts of Bengaluru and a lake near Mandur are the new dumping grounds for the City's garbage.

To keep its promise made to the residents of Mandur, BBMP has stopped sending waste to the landfill since Friday. However, the alternatives are not yet ready. About 1,300 tonnes of waste that used to go to the Mandur landfill are now going to some quarry pits and a lake, sources told Deccan Herald.

“It is a matter of grave concern that mixed waste collected in an unscientific manner is going to some quarry pits. It will pollute the groundwater,” said an official. Some quarry pits at Kada Agrahara in East Bengaluru and a lake near Mandur are now bearing the brunt. The challenge lies in properly disposing of the 1,300 tonnes of garbage that earlier used to go to the Mandur landfill.

On an average, the City produces about 4,000 tonnes of waste per day. Following vehement protests by residents of villages around the landfills, BBMP is now switching to waste processing. The Palike claims that about 2,750 tonnes of waste is being processed at different locations.

The Palike claims that at least 600 tonnes of waste would be processed at Mandur in future, strictly in accordance with municipal solid waste disposal laws. But the necessary infrastructure is still not ready.

The Palike claims that 800 tonnes to 900 tonnes are being processed at S Bingipura, 300 tonnes at Lakshmipura, 500 tonnes at MSGP unit near Doddaballapur and 100 tonnes on the premises of the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation.

Further, four biomethanation plants are operational, with each having a capacity to convert at least five tonnes of waste into bio-methane. The number of plants would be enhanced to 13 in the coming days. There are also plans to start waste-to-energy units, but it will take another six months to one year for them to be operational.

The BBMP, on Monday, convened a meeting with various stakeholders in waste management where measures taken for scientific disposal of waste were discussed. Palike officials informed the petitioners in a PIL relating to solid waste management that they have created a forum, where garbage producers will tie up with a panel of waste management experts whose number has increased from 45 to about 60. The panel will assist bulk waste generators to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. These experts will assist the bulk generators to set up waste processing units locally.

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