Meet on waste disposal adjourned

SHIMOGA, JULY 24. A meeting convened here on Saturday by the district administration to decide on the controversy surrounding the disposal of solid waste by the Shimoga City Municipal Council remained inconclusive. It was adjourned till Wednesday.

However, the meeting decided to continue efforts to convince the people of Anupinakatte on the outskirts of the city about the need to have a waste treatment plant at their village.

The people of Anupinakatte are opposing the dumping of solid waste in their village. But the municipal authorities are finding it difficult to find a place to dispose of about 70 tonnes of solid waste being generated in the city every day.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has identified a place near Anupinakatte to set up a treatment plant to convert solid waste into compost.

The Shimoga MLA, K.S. Eshwarappa, said that the people of the village should be taken into confidence before taking any decision in the matter in view of their opposition to the dumping of solid waste in their village.

The Hosnagar MLA, Haratalu Halappa, under whose jurisdiction the village comes, said it was not enough if only the officers or people's representatives discussed the issue and suggested that the local people be involved in the process of finding a solution to the problem.

The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, D.H. Shankaramurthy; the Deputy Commissioner, Tushar Girinath; the Superintendent of Police, K.H. Srinivasan; the President of the Shimoga City Municipal Council, B.A. Ramesh; the Municipal Commissioner, S.P. Mudhol; and the Assistant Commissioner, J. Ravishankar; were present.

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