Burning of carcasses poses health risks to Razakpalya residents

Burning of carcasses poses health risks to Razakpalya residents
Rampant burning of animal carcasses and unauthorised dumping of garbage and poultry waste have become a health hazard for citizens of Razakpalya and neighbouring localities near Yelahanka Air Force Station.

Two years ago, Prakash Rao (name changed on request) shifted from a bustling part of the city to Razakpalya near Air Force Colony with his family to find peace.  However, he is distraught now. His wife has been suffering from asthma and his son's health has worsened ever since he shifted to the locality.

Rao attributes the prevailing health problems faced by residents in and around Razakpalya to burning of carcasses, garbage and poultry waste.

He said: “Animal carcasses and their skin are burnt at a private bone factory, especially late in the evenings and at night. Over the last few weeks, the atmosphere has turned from bad to worse, impacting the health of the aged and children.” The bone factory is said to retrieve bones from carcasses and process them for pharma industries.

Residents in and around Venkateswara Engineering College between Vidyanagar cross and Razakpalya in the proximity of Uttarahalli in northern Bengaluru are the most affected. They complain of breathlessness, wheezing and throat  irritation due to exposure to the onslaught.

Secretary of the Army Colony Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) Col M S Salunke and a resident, Satyanarayan B S, said that just adjacent to the bone factory, there is an unauthorised garbage dump run without the knowledge of authorities. Along with garbage, bird carcasses and feathers are dumped and burnt, they added.

Earlier, Razakpalya was synonymous with breeding of banned African Catfish. Following high court orders, the menace has stopped.
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