There is no place to dump the waste generated in the city, so much so that garbage overflows onto the streets and its citizens fear for their health.
Though Tumkur city became a city municipal council (CMC) in 1975, it is yet to have a specific place to dump its solid waste.
Tumkur has a population of 3,05,000, and 114 tonnes of waste is generated a day.
It has been two months since the waste has been lifted in almost all the 35 wards of Tumkur.
Around 10 years ago, the CMC was given 25 acres of land near Amalapura to build a solid waste management plant and the corporation invested Rs. 25 lakh to build a compound wall. Unfortunately, the land was used taken to build a Central school. The waste was then dumped on land that belonged to the CMC near Sri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, but the local residents opposed it.
Around five years ago 40 acres of land near Ajjagondanahalli was acquired to build the plant. Here again, the local residents opposed the move. The same thing happened in Seebi in Sira taluk where opposition from local residents prevented the CMC from establishing a waste plant.
A temporary arrangement was made to dump waste on private land by paying Rs. 50 per tonne on the outskirts of the city. However, the owner of the land is now opposed to it.
Subsequently, the CMC and local residents moved the High Court to allow it to construct the plant in Ajjagondanahalli. The High Court verdict was ruled in favour of the CMC.
Councillor B.L. Vishwanath Gowda alleged that the Commissioner and concerned authorities have not taken up the responsibility to solve the problem.
Councillor Mohammed Nadeem Pasha said: “We have written several letters to the government regarding waste disposal, but there has been no response, and the problem continues.”
No legal hurdles
Assistant Commissioner, in-charge of CMC, D.R. Sindhuri was of the opinion that as there are no legal hurdles, the process of taking possession of the land in Ajjagondanahalli and construction of compound wall will be done shortly.