Waste menace: Emergency meeting fails to come up with a solution

CMC members' delegation to meet D Veerendra Heggade

 The emergency meeting of the City Municipal Council convened on Wednesday failed to find a solution over disposing waste, with the residents of Indavara coming out in open against dumping waste in their village.

The meeting, however, decided to seek six more months’ time from the angry villagers to find a permanent solution to the menace that has added to the civic woes.

The residents of Indavara had staged a protest recently, following the bad smell emanating from the waste disposal unit set up by the CMC. Owing to lack of scientific methods in disposing solid waste, the problem had only aggravated, thus enraging the villagers. In the wake of such circumstances, the local body was forced to dump the waste collected from households within the precincts of the CMC itself.
The emergency meeting had been convened following the promise made by both Deputy Commissioner G Satyavathi and Superintendent of Police K Annamalai to the villagers to find out a solution within February 10.

During meeting convened to be chaired by CMC president Kavita Shekar, the representatives of three private firms that have expressed interest in bagging the project for scientific disposal of solid waste made PowerPoint presentations.

Following the presentation, the members urged the president and the CMC commissioner to convince the deputy commissioner that it may take another five to six months to complete the tender process towards putting an end to the issue.

Till then, it would be better to spray chemicals and perfume to check the bad smell, advised member H T Thammaiah.

Another member Hiremagalur Puttaswamy advised the president to take a call on the vendor firm only after discussing the pros and cons with them.

To meet Heggade

The meeting also discussed the agreement with Srikshetra Sri Dharmasthala Rural Development Project on collecting waste door-to-door at primary level, ending on February 15. However, the organisation has promised to continue with the activity till the month end, it was said later.

While a section of members were apprehensive to discuss about the situation that may arise after the agreement with afore mentioned organisation, it was also decided to take a delegation to Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade to continue the task, till the next firm was identified.

President Kavitha Shekar, accompanied by the CMC commissioner, met D Satyavathi later in the evening and informed the deputy commissioner about the decisions taken in the meeting. The duo also appealed to the deputy commissioner to take a lead in convincing the irate villagers, who appear to be averse towards the CMC members.

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