MYSURU: Ahead of the assembly polls
is seeking to make solid waste management plant
located at the centre of a residential area
a poll issue
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar along with former MLA S A Ramdas on Tuesday visited the plant at the sewage farm at Vidyaranyapuram and interacted with the people in the locality. He went round the plant and also inspected the dumping site where garbage had piled up at one corner of the plant.
The minister also received a petition from local people who urged him to relocate the plant complaining that it has become a health hazard. They said it is polluting the area and spoiling the environs.
The minister said the issue will be discussed with the state government even as he assured of help from the Centre to convert the waste.
The plant is solely processing solid waste generated in the tourist city. As against a little over 400 tonnes of solid waste generated in the city, 200 tonnes is processed at the plant while the rest is dumped at the site leading to pollution.
Though the MCC had planned to build two additional plants each of 200 tonnes capacity, it has not taken off. The plant is located in the residential area
and abuts industrial suburb which is slowly converting into a residential area
. Given its real estate value, there are demands to relocate the plant or to stop dumping of the garbage at the site.
The minister, who was in the city since Sunday, launched the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan at Devaraja Urs colony, which is a civic workers colony, on Tuesday, and interacted with the pourakarmikas. Later, he visited the solid waste management plant
and sought details from MCC officials.
City BJP chief B H Manjunath claimed that the plant is processing 150 tonnes per day. About 7.56 lakh tonnes of garbage has piled up in the area leading the minister to take it seriously. He said he will discuss the issue with chief minister Siddaramaiah and senior officials in the state government. He said the Centre will release funds if the government approaches it with a detailed plan to convert the waste into electricity.