Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Garbage: BDA asked to acquire land

Garbage: BDA asked to acquire land
DH News Service, Bangalore:

To tide over shortage of land bank for disposing nearly 30,000 tonnes of garbage collected everyday in the city, Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda has suggested Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to acquire at least 100 to 150 acres of land on city outskirts.

“Nearly 1,000 acres of land is required for garbage disposal. I have spoken to the BDA Commissioner to acquire lands for the purpose”, the minister said at a seminar organised by Environment Department here on Monday.
Blaming the Union and State governments for their inaction in addressing urban environmental challenges, Gowda said that recommendations by various committees on the issue were simply buried in files. The minister also castigated the Forest Department for failing to check land encroachment.

Bangalore University Registrar, Sanjay Veer Singh said that unbridled land encroachment had threatened wildlife. Expressing concern over scarcity of potable water in the nation, he observed, “Every house or building in Bangalore wants a borewell. With utilisation of drinking water for daily chores and draining of Cauvery water, it could be disaster for future generation”.


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