Yesterday, agitated residents of a village in Bangalore locked up the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner in a waste plant.
Ironically, the commissioner, G. Kumar Naik, was doing a tour of the facility along with BBMP officials and media personnel to highlight BBMP waste-treatment initiatives.
In an unexpected turn of events (unexpected by the commissioner, at least), the villagers locked up Naik in the 24-acre facility and proceeded to raise slogans and object to the effect that Palike waste policy was having on their lives.
“Currently, about 80-100 trucks enter both the units from more than 40 wards. Thirty villages and six panchayats fall under Seegehalli and Kannahalli. The residents are having a tough time as foul smell emanating from both the plants can be felt at a distance of five to six kilometres. The mosquito menace has also increased,” said Channappa, president of a local association, to the Deccan Herald.
They demanded the BBMP close this unit, in Kannahalli, and another one in neighbouring Seegehalli. Some of the villagers even threatened self harm. Among their many complaints are the foul smell from the plant, the increased mosquito population, and waste that leaches from the plant to lakes and reservoirs.
Naik was released when he promised a meeting to address the villagers’ concerns.