There appears to be no end in sight for the city’s garbage woes as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) garbage disposal system is facing one hiccup after another. After the residents of Mavallipura and Mandur landfills revolted against the city’s muck being dumped there, it is now the turn of residents of S. Bingipura landfill to be up in arms against the palike.
On Sunday, people living around the quarry pit off Electronics City gheraoed local MLA M. Krishnappa for allowing the BBMP to dump waste there. The Bingipura pit was being used by the BBMP as a temporary dumping yard, which came in handy when the Mavallipura and Mandur landfills were blocked. However, no garbage went to Bingipura on Sunday, raising questions over the repercussions it might have on the garbage disposal system, which is already in shambles.
This is not the first time Bingipura residents have resorted to protests. Last week, the Bangalore Rural police arrested 40 residents on the charge of stoning lorries on their way to dump the garbage in their area.
Speaking to The Hindu later, Mr. Krishnappa said the agitated residents had been assured of immediate measures, including levelling of the pit, laying of roads and water supply through tankers. “The problem will be solved within two days,” he added. He said that only dry waste would be dumped there. Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy maintained that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board had granted permission to dump waste at Bingipura.