They are putting up with city's garbage being dumped at their doorstep
The residents of Mavallipura village, who are putting up with the city's garbage being dumped at their doorstep, will finally get some relief.
On Saturday, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Siddaiah visited the Mavallipura dumping yard and also met the village residents.
The Commissioner visited the leachate storage unit and processing unit at the dumping yard.
He directed officials of the Department of Solid Waste Management to ensure that the contractor (Ramky Infrastructure Ltd.) sets up the leachate treatment plant as stipulated in the contract. “If he fails to do it soon, take action against him or find another contractor. It is his responsibility to take care of the health of the people living near the dumping yard,” he said.
Later, he visited the village and interacted with the residents. When the residents complained that they had contracted various diseases, Mr. Siddaiah directed the Deputy Commissioner (Health) to form an inter-disciplinary medical team comprising of nephrologists, gynaecologists, physicians and skin specialists and conduct medical camps in the village once a month.
The official was directed to ensure treatment for those suffering from serious illness. The BBMP would bear their medical expense, he said.
The Commissioner also instructed officials to collect water samples from various sources and get them tested within three days. About providing potable water, Mr. Siddaiah said he would consult with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board on the issue of drawing a separate line to the village.
BWSSB supplies water to the Doddaballapur Industrial Area and the same line could be drawn to the village to supply Cauvery water, he said.
Farmers in the village complained that their crops had also been affected. Mr. Siddaiah directed officials to seek expertise from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, to address their issue.
“I will personally ensure that steps are taken to alleviate your issues. The officials will start taking action from tomorrow itself,” he assured the village residents.
Meanwhile, officials said that 1,500 tonnes of manure was ready at the dumping yard. Farmers from nearby villages may purchase the same from the site, they added.