BENGALURU:For the past few years, residents of Sarvamanya Bingipura village in Anekal taluk (Bengaluru district) have been living in unimaginable conditions.
The reason behind this is the dumping yard which is located next to their village and has not been capped with mud, making it an ideal place for the spread of diseases. Also, waste disposed at the yard over the years has contaminated the ground water, turning it black.
B M Malleshappa, a resident of Bingipura, said that the villagers don’t have access to drinking water.
“We have to buy water cans from shops, which is quite expensive. We can’t do this every day, but we have no other option. Our livestock has died due to the conditions here,” he said.
Mosquitoes and flies are common in the village. As the mayor’s visit was scheduled on Sunday, the villagers alleged that work on the dump yard started on Saturday night.
The lake water at Bingipura is black in colour and contaminated. “All the fish in the lake have died and so have animals in the vicinity. If animals cannot stay here, how can we put up with this? Let the authorities stay here for a week. Only then will they know the conditions that we are living in. The authorities are killing us slowly,” said Shafi Khan, another resident of the village.
After inspecting the lake and its surroundings, Mayor Manjunath Reddy directed BBMP officials to ensure that the lake is purified. He directed officials to treat dirty water so that it is potable after the final stage.