The High Court on Thursday directed the state government to support the BBMP in removing garbage. “It does not matter what steps you take, but the garbage should be removed and disposed of lawfully within a week,” the court said.
Hearing a bunch of public interest litigations filed on garbage crisis, a Division Bench headed by Justice N Kumar said, “There are several issues involved in the matter and there is a need to take short-term and long-term measures. Removal of garbage should be done lawfully.”
Earlier, during the hearing, he observed, “There was no garbage disposal problem for many years and all of a sudden, the problem has come up and villagers have started protesting. There is something fishy .”
The counsel representing the BBMP said that villagers were attacking the lorries which go to dump garbage. Justice Kumar said, “The BBMP does not belong only to its corporators and officials. It belongs to people. You take protection from the government. The BBMP has all the powers and make use of that in the interest of the public. If you accuse each other, people will laugh at us. Put your hands together and work as a team and this problem can be solved within 24 hours.” He further suggested raising awareness on the garbage issue through television.