Dump Garbage Elsewhere, Says Expert Panel

Garbage must be dumped at another site or in a restricted area in Mandur, an expert committee has recommended

Published: 14th June 2014 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2014 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Garbage must be dumped at another site or in a restricted area in Mandur, an expert committee has recommended.

Constituted to help solve the garbage crisis, the committee submitted its recommendations to the High Court on Friday.

A special division bench headed by Justice N Kumar accepted the report and adjourned  the hearing to June 18.

Neither has a proposed waste-to-energy plant been set up, as promised, nor is the waste being processed scientifically at Mandur, the report says.

BBMP’s 85-acre sprawl in Mandur is divided into two portions.

The southern portion has been leased out to a private contractor, Srinivasa Gayathri Resource Recovery Ltd, for a waste-to-energy plant, but nothing has materialised, the committee notes. Leachate (liquid passing through the garbage) is draining into the adjoining mango plantations.

The northern portion of Mandur is being used by the BBMP to dump unsegregated garbage. Leachate from the hillocks of waste flows out even here, the committee observes.

Taking the villagers’ protests into account, the committee has said a processing site and scientific landfill is the need of the hour.

As of January 4, 2013, 19 lakh tonnes of garbage are dumped at Mandur.

The committee has suggested screening of the mounds to recover useful material like compost and plastic.

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