With the garbage disposal problem in Bangalore city threatening to snowball into a crisis yet again, authorities in Bangalore Tuesday decided to provide police protection for garbage disposal at a major landfill site in Mandur village where people have launched a fresh agitation against dumping of garbage in their backyard. The Bangalore Rural district police will impose prohibitory orders in and around the village to clear hurdles for transportation of garbage.
The tahsildar of the KR Puram taluk has passed a prohibitory order under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, SP (Bangalore Rural) B Ramesh said. “More than 200 policemen including the Karnataka State Reserve Police, the District Armed Reserve of Bangalore Rural district and civil police will be deployed at the spot for security,” he added.
This move comes after women started protesting near Mandur Sunday against the Bruhath Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Karnataka. The villagers had set June 1 as the deadline to stop the dumping of garbage in their backyard. Last year protests against the same issue had resulted in garbage disposal being stalled across Bangalore causing a furore in the city for weeks and had been resolved after the residents of Mandur were convinced permanent solutions to the problem were being put in place.
On Monday night 22 protestors were arrested as a preventive measure to enable garbage vehicles to enter the landfill Tuesday. The AAP Tuesday joined the protests and the arrested protestors were released Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile the Congress minister in-charge of Bangalore City Ramalinga Reddy said BBMP officials will be held responsible for clearing garbage from the city. “We have already suspended two officers — one from Mahadevapura zone and one from Yelahanka zone,” he said.
He claimed the garbage problem would be solved within six months as the BBMP had identified four places to set up scientific landfills to dispose garbage. “We have got clearance certificates from the concerned department to set up new landfills and they will be set up very soon. We will also solve the present problem that has arisen following the protest by Mandur villagers very soon,” Reddy added.