BANGALORE: Bingipura villagers have agreed to allow waste to be dumped in their backyard. In return, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials have promised to hold health camps, develop roads, supply drinking water through private tankers and curb stray dog menace in the neighbourhood.
Villagers and BBMP officials arrived at a consensus during a meeting held on Wednesday. This was preceded by a meeting of Bangalore Rural MP D K Suresh, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana and other officials on Tuesday.
BBMP owns around 20 acres at Bingipura village, which is close to Electronics City. For the past year, around 400 metric tonnes of waste generated from Bommanahalli, BTM Layout, Jayanagar, Chikpet, Padmanabhanagar and Bangalore South constituencies is being sent to Bingipura every day, an official said.
“Villagers opposed the dumping after around 50 trucks going to Mandur were diverted to Bingipura. Now they have agreed,” the official said. With villagers refusing to allow dumping of waste for the last five days, a senior Bangalore South councillor said he had to turn to a private contractor to clear accumulated garbage in his ward. “I paid from my pocket and sent waste in private lorries. They dump waste in abandoned quarries,” he said.
Speaking to Express, BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana said garbage trucks will go to Bingipura from Wednesday night. “We are sending 400 metric tonnes of waste every day and it will continue,” he said. At present, 1,200 tonnes of waste is sent to Mandur, 150 tonnes to Lakshmipura quarry, 600 tonnes to TerraFirma and 150 tonnes of waste to the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation, he informed.
Stressing that BBMP is making all efforts to stop dumping of waste at Mandur from December 1, Lakshminarayana said, “There are Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) and processing units which will reduce waste to some extent. In the coming days, the number of DWCCs and processing units will increase,” he said.