BANGALORE: Former Union minister Veerappa Moily has written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urging him not to install incinerators at Mavallipura.
Moily claimed that there were reports that the BBMP was going to reopen the Mavallipura landfills and dispose of the waste after segregation.
He said if BBMP was going to operate incinerators at the landfills, toxic fumes from the burning garbage could trigger cancer in people in Mavallipura, which falls under his constituency - Chikballapur.
However, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said there was no plan to install incinerators. “We are only considering a processing unit to convert waste to compost. It will be done through a private agency and we will call for tenders. The unit, which can process 300 tonnes of segregated waste at a time, will be functional in four months,” he clarified.
In his letter, Moily elaborated on the problems faced by Mavallipura villagers, including the pollution of drinking water which is affecting cattle. He mentioned the menace of birds at the Air Force station at Yelahanka, too.
Moily suggested that Siddaramaiah refer to Garbology, Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, a book by Edward Humes, for information on problems caused by garbage.