BENGALURU: After a lull, the campaign against the foul odour emanating from the KCDC compost plant in HSR Layout has kickstarted again.
An online petition has been started, which has got over 3,500 signatures till now. The petition is addressed to the Chief Minister and BBMP officials. The petition states that while the plant was meant to process 70 tonnes of waste, it currently receives about 300 tonnes.
Anis Padela, a resident, said when residents had carried out out an overnight protest against the plant in March, BBMP Joint Commissioner for Health and SWM Sarfaraz Khan had told them that he was working with the government to identify an alternative site for the plant.
Another resident Kavita Reddy said the odour could be smelt even 3 km away from the plant. “Every time we ask BBMP officials about the issue, they say we are violating the buffer zone by constructing homes close to the plant. But the buildings were approved by the BBMP as the plant was shut at the time. We also tell them they can take action on the violators, but they haven’t done that,” she said.