news Friday, November 07, 2014 - 05:30
Nayantara N| The News Minute | November 4, 2014 | 8.00 am IST The ongoing garbage crisis in Bangalore has brought more woes to people as their villages have been identified by the civic authorities as a dumping site. People in several villlages have been up in arms against the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s proposal to set up garbage processing units in their villages. After the Karnataka High Court order on Friday, the BBMP has proposed to set up large processing units in seven places in and around Bengaluru. CM's promise Chief Minister Siddharamiah who visited the village of Mandur which had one of the landfills, has assured the villagers that the BBMP will cease to dump garbage from December 1. Additionally, the BBMP has signed an agreement to clear the village of all the garbage within three years and clean up the affected site. Four protests Years of dumping garbage in the landfill has resulted in several problems for the villagers. Speaking to The News Minute Srinivas Gowda, a farmer in Mandur said, “The problems were numerous, from unbearable stench to contaminated groundwater. The garbage was 150 feet above and below the land level and attracted mosquitoes and flies. Skin diseases were on the rise and in the recent years we have observed that several young women underwent abortions due to this.” So if Mandur landfill will cease to exist completely from December 1, that means the corporation needs an alternate landfill. The alternate site would then mean re-opening the landfill at Mavallipura, a village that had constantly protested against the landfill, leading to its shutdown in 2012. The court has ordered a contractor named Ramky company to set up the garbage processing unit in Mavallipura within a week. Ramky being the same company that was accused of doing unscientific dumping in 2012,  the company has reluctantly agreed to the court's directive. However, the residents of the village are protesting against this move fearing that they would meet the same fate as Mandur, where garbage has been dumped for nearly 10 years. People are protesting even in other villages such as Gorur where the BBMP is acquiring land to set up a garbage processing unit. According to the villagers, the Kumudvathi catchment area is in proximity to the proposed unit and the water collected from here is stored in the Thippagondanahalli reservoir thereby affecting the quality of water. Elsewhere, villagers are voicing their discontent over the proposed unit at Lingadeeranahalli which is the vicinity of B.M. Kaval reserve forest, the only urban forest in Bengaluru. As the pressure mounts on the BBMP, what measures will the officials take to placate the angry villagers?

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