The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to use a quarry in Hullahalli on Banneraghatta Road as a landfill for waste from south Bengaluru.
They intend to bring 500 tonnes of garbage every day to the eight-acre quarry.
"There is no proper road leading to the quarry so we need 100 metres to create a path. We will acquire private property for this purpose and we are in talks with the landowners. Once we get the land, we will start the dumping garbage there," said Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner for Solid Waste Management.
As of now, waste from the south region of the city is being dumped in landfills in Bagaluru, Bellahalli, and Mittaganahalli. Every day 2,000 tonnes of waste is being sent there in 150 lorries. Per month, the BBMP has to bear additional transportation costs between Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 for the lorries.
If the garbage is taken to Hullahalli instead, transportation charges will come down, Khan said.
In Bagaluru quarry, garbage was dumped on two acres of land and later converted into a park. Garbage is being dumped in another two acres of land.
In Mahadevapura constituency, dumping garbage in the Mittaganahalli landfill has been stopped after protests by local residents.
Of the 12 acres of Bellahalli quarry, garbage is being dumped in six acres. Earlier, the dump used to receive about 1,000 tonnes of garbage every day but after the protest at Mittaganahalli, the quantity has been increased to 1,500 tonnes.
Khan also said that debris from construction sites could be reused, instead of being dumped in lakes or by the roads. He said that they have proposed a plan to use a 12-acre quarry in Kannuru, to the corporation. Once the plan is passed in the council meeting, Khan said they would take up the work.