Benglauru residents protest Electronic City waste treatment plant

Residents of Chikkanamangala in the Electronic City district of Bengaluru demonstrated on Wednesday demanding the closure of a waste treatment plant because of the stench and leachate emanating from it.

Pranay Dubey, president of E-City Rising (a federation of residents’ welfare associations), said: ‘Heavy pollution from this factory since 2018 has rendered this area uninhabitable, causing severe air pollution , water and soil. A nauseating odor spreads within a radius of 3-4km. The leachate runs off and contaminates the water in nearby lakes and ponds. Residents and livestock are getting sick from the polluted air and contaminated water.

Residents have taken up the issue with the civic agency, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Dubey added: “The BBMP is the least affected. Their officials say where the waste would go if the plant was closed. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is just a silent spectator and has taken no concrete action despite several complaints.

BBMP officials say the plant processes nearly 250 tonnes of wet waste every day against a capacity of 300 tonnes. Wet waste is collected in 44 districts of the municipal corporation.

Last year, the KSPCB brought to the attention of the BBMP that the treatment capacity of the plant was insufficient and that the leachate was discharged outside without adequate treatment. The board also said the BBMP had taken no action despite several notices being sent to it.

Judge Subhash B Adi, chairman of the National Green Tribunal’s state-level panel, visited the plant on June 30, 2019 and ordered the BBMP to treat the leachate and get the cement plants to accept the by-product fuel waste (RDF) produced in the plant.

“The compost produced was too low compared to the waste received. It was found that the leachate treatment was not carried out. The waste received was mixed waste,” observed the NGT during its inspection.

A BBMP (South Zone) official said: “Chemicals were sprayed to contain the stench. A leachate treatment plant will also be completed in six months. There will be no complaints of leachate leaking into the lakes. The factory cannot be closed.

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