Yelwal turning into waste dump

Unprocessed solid waste dumped at the Karakanahalli lake at Yelwal near Mysuru.

Unprocessed solid waste dumped at the Karakanahalli lake at Yelwal near Mysuru.   | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

The gram panchayat has no system for handling the increasing volume of solid waste

Yelwal, a fast developing suburb of Mysuru, and its vicinity are staring at a serious health hazard with unchecked and unscientific dumping of solid waste into the parched surfaces of lakes.

One could see piles of rotting garbage dumped in a dried-up lake, once an important water source, at Karakanahalli in Yelwal, while travelling on the Mysuru-Hunsur highway, just a few kilometres away from Mysuru, one of the country’s cleanest cities.

In the absence of a system for scientific collection and disposal of solid waste, the vacant sites along the stretch starting from Hinkal to Yelwal, a hobli, which are part of “Greater Mysuru”, are turning into dumping grounds for raw trash.

With plenty of residential layouts coming up in and around Yelwal, the rural and semi-urban waste was bound to increase and lead to unhygienic conditions unless the authorities take a serious note of the problem.

The Yelwal Gram Panchayat collects un-segregated trash from the households and dumps the same into the parched Karakanahalli Lake in the absence of a dedicated site for handling waste. If the trash is not collected from the households for a day or two, the garbage would be found dumped on the roadside.

There are apprehensions of contamination of the groundwater in the area with unprocessed trash rotting since years. The untreated liquid waste from the village is discharged into Yelwal Lake, the only lake among a few around Yelwal hobli having a little water, thanks to the sewage flow.

Lakes damaged

The parched lakebeds are becoming easy targets for waste dumping, thanks to the encroachment and blockage of stormwater drains or the “Raja Kaluve” the main source of freshwater for the once-brimming lakes, including Karakanahalli Lake, Chamanakatte Lake, Yelwal Lake and Erappanna Koppal Lake. The surplus water from these lakes used to join the lake near Maidanahalli. Karakanahalli had two water bodies and both are in dismal condition.

Yelwal residents said the panchayats are that now part of greater Mysuru need to be told to act and establish a solid waste management system before it becomes too late.

Mysuru Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer Krishna Kumar said the villages that are now part of Mysuru were not handling solid wastes generated locally in a scientific manner. Understanding the problem, a proposal has been sent to the government for developing solid waste handling sites in 21 GPs, including Yelwal, Hinkal, and Bogadi.

“As some villages are not part of Mysuru City Corporation despite being within the city, the GPs were bound to handle the wastes and the proposal assures ₹20 lakh for each GP,” he said, adding that 80 x 100 sites are being identified in the GP limits for setting up plants for segregating collected waste, providing a dedicated vehicle for transporting garbage to the site.

Segregated waste

The segregated waste such as bottles, milk sachets, and other reusable stuff will be sold to the vendors. “We hope this measure will address the issue to some extent,” Mr. Kumar said and added that the TP was in talks with the MCC on the handling of sewage, at least from the villages on the city’s immediate outskirts.

KSPCB Regional Environment Officer B.M. Prakash said the Board had acted on some complaints in the past on the dumping of solid wastes and the GPs had been told to handle the wastes scientifically. “If the trash is found to be burnt, we will issue notices to the respective GPs as it is even more serious,” he said, adding that the waste problem exists even in some MUDA areas outside Mysuru.

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