The garbage dumping is snowballing into controversy with the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) authorities crossing their fingers. Though the corporation has zeroed in on many sites for developing a scientific dumping yard, hardly any progress is seen in that direction, inviting the wrath of people.

The corporation authorities some time ago stated that they were planning to acquire a land of 20 to 25 acres at Pathapadu to dump garbage generated in the city. They also examined a piece of land adjacent to an existing pit. They also explored another option: 55-acre site at Nunna near here. The VMC identified many sites but the acquisition of land has not been completed for various reasons, including opposition from respective villagers. The city generates nearly 550 MT of garbage every day.

The residents of Ajitsingh Nagar had a whiff of fresh air for a brief period when the dumping at Shriram Energy Systems, a non-functional waste-to-energy plant, was stopped. The problem surfaced again with the VMC dumping the waste at Excel plant, a waste-to-compost plant, which is closed down now.

The residents have recently re-launched their agitation against dumping of garbage in their neighbourhood. They complain that the foul smell emanating from heaps of garbage has made their lives miserable. The Corporation’s apathy was exposing the residents to serious health problems, and the people were at the receiving end in any season. The garbage stinks with slightest shower, and billows out smoke in summer, they point out, adding, “The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board has initiate action against the corporation for polluting the residential areas. We will the VMC garbage vehicles.”

CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao says that the VMC went back on its promise that it would stop after December 31, 2012. Later, the deadlines were extended many a times, including February 2013, June 2013. The VMC was dilly-dallying in acquiring land, and was not serious in finding a permanent solution to the problem, he adds.