The round-the-clock demonstration by the residents of Mavallipura, near Yelahanka, entered sixth day on Saturday. The residents have been on a protest since Monday seeking the shifting of the landfill at the village, where about 1,000 tonnes of unsegregated solid waste from the city is dumped every day.
According to the protesters, the landfill, managed by Ramky Environmental and Engineering Ltd., is causing serious health problems to the residents and also polluting the groundwater in the area.
Mayor to visit landfill
Sreenivas, Dalit Sangarsh Samiti leader from Mavallipura, told The Hindu that senior Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, who visited the village on Saturday, told them that Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy would visit the landfill on July 7 and take a decision on stopping the dumping. Meanwhile, the Mayor met community representatives and assured them of extending medical facilities to those who had fallen ill. He asked officials to hold periodic health camps there. He said he would direct Ramky to adopt scientific disposal system, as per the original agreement with the BBMP.
Mavallipura residents have threatened to blockade garbage lorries if the BBMP does not take steps to alleviate their problems.