The BBMP is sending its garbage trucks to Mandur landfill with police protection.
According to Mandur residents, 170 truck loads of waste was dumped at the landfill on Tuesday night. However, the ongoing protest by villagers has hit the BBMP’s drive to keep the city clean.
Mandur Gram Panchayat member Thammanna said since prohibitory orders were clamped in the village, the villagers did not protest against the trucks entering Mandur. “We are waiting for our leader and Health Minister Aravind Limbavali who is in Belgaum. Once he returns, we will discuss the matter with him and take further steps,” he said.
A senior BBMP official said that everyday more than 300 trucks go to Mandur landfill, though the BBMP had agreed to send only 150 trucks a day this month. “Now, the villagers are protesting. We do not want to take any risk. We sent only around 150 trucks and that is the reason why garbage is seen in many parts of the city on Tuesday,” the official added.
BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel said garbage trucks are going to Mandur, Terra Firma and Bingipura’s abandoned quarry to dump the waste. “We have already taken clearance from KSPCB to reopen Mavallipura landfill,” he said.
Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy said 37 companies had approached BBMP to convert waste into energy. “We have constituted a technical committee and it will meet on Wednesday,” he said.