Sunday, August 28, 2005

BMP encountering problems in waste disposal: official

BMP encountering problems in waste disposal: official
The Hindu

2,200 tonnes of waste is generated every day

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) was facing problems in disposing of solid waste, Chief Health Officer Tandav Murthy said here on Saturday.

The city is estimated to generate 2,200 tonnes of waste every day.

Mr. Murthy said this during his reply to the charges made by Opposition leader in the BMP Council B.R. Nanjundappa, in the council meeting.

Mr. Nanjundappa said lorries of private contractors carrying solid waste were dumping garbage along the national highways in the night.

The BMP's Health Department was not overseeing the work of the private operators, who are supposed to dump the solid waste at the designated grounds and landfills.

Some members supported Mr. Nanjundappa and spoke about the poor functioning of the Health Department.

Mr. Murthy said for the past eight months solid waste was being dumped on a 20-acre land of Bailappa in Mavallipura.

Around 150 trucks go this site. However, following an agitation by the nearby residents Mr. Bailappa had disallowed the dumping of waste.

The other place where the solid waste was being taken was the site of the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC). But three days ago, the KCDC stopped accepting the solid waste after it rained heavily.

The KCDC uses only dry solid waste for preparing compost. About 50 trucks carry around 300 tonnes of waste every day to the KCDC site.

"These developments have created problems in solid waste disposal," he said.


The Health Department, he said, had since worked out an alternative. About 15 truckloads of waste was being sent to the KCDC site.

About 60 truckloads of waste was being dumped in an abandoned quarry near Garvebhavipalya and 10 truckloads at the BMP nursery at K.R. Puram, Mr. Murthy told the council.

He later told presspersons that Mr. Bailappa had agreed to allow the dumping of 60 truckloads of waste on his land. Mr. Murthy also said that the use of the scientific landfill, coming up at Mavallipura three months from now, would solve all their problems about solid waste disposal.


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