Assistant Commissioner Kumar, Commissioner of Tumkur City Municipal Corporation Anurag Tiwari and the police were present when construction of solid waste treatment plant commenced at Ajjagondanahalli in Tumkur taluk on Tuesday. Residents of Ajjagondanahalli, Kora and surrounding villages rushed to the spot and staged a protest against the construction of the plant.
The former gram panchayat president of Kora, Mallikarjuna, said Assistant Commissioner Kumar had assured the village people in a grama sabha that the plant would not be constructed near their village. But, he had not kept his word. He alleged that the CMC had started work without taking permission from the pollution control board. Chikkarangaiah, the farmer who lost his land for the plant, said the land acquired for the plant belongs to Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe farmers. He said small farmers like him depended on their land for livelihood and if it is taken away, it causes problems.
GP member of Ajjagondanahalli Sharatkumar said the waste treatment plant would affect the tanks, paddy fields in its neighbourhood. Mr. Anurag Tiwari said construction of the plant had been taken up on the direction of the High Court.
Shivanna, MLA, appealed to the people not to oppose the construction of solid waste treatment plant.