They will stop dumping of garbage in landfills from today

Residents of Mandur have refused to change their decision to stop allowing dumping of garbage in their backyard from June 1. They will gather at the landfills and stop entry of vehicles laden with garbage.

Though district in-charge Minister R. Ramalinga Reddy and Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana held two rounds of meetings with the Mandur local leaders and local MLA Arvind Limbavali, the issue is far from being resolved.

Mr. Ramalinga Reddy, Mr. Sathyanarayana and BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana will visit Mandur on Sunday to convince the residents about the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s commitment to process the waste accumulated there.

Mr. Ramalinga Reddy told The Hindu that two rounds of meetings have already been held. “We have told the local leaders that four projects approved by the Cabinet will be taken up soon. We have sought time from the residents to allow dumping of garbage there till the projects are completed,” he said.

Stating that he was dissatisfied with the BBMP’s management of solid waste, he said that scientific disposal of the accumulated waste at the landfills would also be taken up. “We will visit the village and convince the residents to give us time. We will make alternative arrangements and stop dumping in Mandur,” he added.

Mr. Sathyanarayana said the BBMP would issue work order to four waste management projects soon. “I have also informed the Mandur residents that I will visit the village once a wek and ensure that officials act on our assurances,” he said.

He added that M/s Srinivas Gayathri Resource Recovery Ltd. that was supposed to scientifically process the garbage at Mandur had failed to do so as stipulated in the contract with BBMP. BBMP was now contemplating terminating the contract. “We are exploring the next course of action as the company has borrowed huge sums on the BBMP land. If the contract is terminated, the loan may get passed on the cash strapped BBMP,” he said.

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