On Wednesday, swathes of Bangalore felt the impact of the blockade by the communities who live around Mavallipura, some 35 km from here, where the city’s garbage in dumped in landfills.
The communities are preventing the entry of garbage lorries there after two residents died of renal failure. The communities claim that with the leachate contaminating the water sources in as many as 15 villages, their health has been put to risk.
Consequently, garbage is piling up in Bangalore as the contractors are not bothering to collect it.
M. Ramesh, Mavallipura resident and gram panchayat member, said only 15 to 20 garbage trucks were allowed inside the landfill on Wednesday. “We came across another case where a 10-year-old boy has been adversely affected by the landfill. Suresh, son of Venkatesh, has lost strength in both his legs. He has stopped going to school,” he said. Suresh and his family live in Lingarajapura Layout, a stone’s throw from the Mavallipura dump yard.
“How many more cases should be detected before the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wakes up to our plight and takes some remedial action?” a resident wanted to know.
Meanwhile, the BBMP has been paying extra to send garbage to the landfill managed by Terra Firma Biotechnologies Ltd. near Doddaballapur. “With the Mavallipura villagers not allowing the garbage trucks inside the landfill, the BBMP is left with no other option. The civic body is paying more than Rs. 1,000 extra to each garbage truck to take the solid waste to Terra Firma instead of Mavallipura,” a BBMP source said.