Special Correspondent

Mysore: Residents of Mysore launched a public campaign to urge authorities concerned to shift the Excel Solid Waste Management Plant located at J.P. Nagar in Mysore on Sunday. The residents of Vidyaranyapuram, Kanakagiri, J.P. Nagar, Gundurao Nagar and Vishveshwarnagar constituted the Excel Plant Virodhi Horata Samiti in their bid to bring pressure on the civic authorities to relocate the waste management plant to a new locale in the outskirts of Mysore.

Editor of the Aandolana Rajashekar Koti inaugurated the campaign. He said they would launch a door-to-door canvassing to create public awareness about the health hazard posed by the waste management plant.

The environmental jatha will continue to mobilise public opinion as not many residents were aware of the health hazard and the source of the foul smell emanating in the area.

The organisers of the jatha said there is a general misconception among the public that this could be due to industrial pollution from the nearby Vishveshwarnagar or due to overflowing sewage and are completely oblivious of the cause of the smell and the health hazard posed by it.

The samiti members distributed pamphlets highlighting the problems caused by the solid waste plant. The organisers pointed out that it was ridiculous to have a waste treatment plant in a residential area.

The handling capacity of the plant was roughly 200 tonnes but around 450 tonnes of solid waste was being generated in Mysore. The samiti said an area within a radius of 3 km from the plant was badly affected and had jeopardised the health of thousands of people and wanted the authorities to immediately shift to the city outskirts.

In the meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s Political Secretary S.A. Ramdas visited the spot on Saturday and said the issue would be resolved.