Hope floats in Mandur
“Yes, we are hopeful that the Chief Minister will stick to his word and we will see the end of it on November 30.”
If “Hope is a waking dream”, we saw it come alive in all its vibrant hues when V Srinivas and Mukund Rao of Mandur spoke at length on how earnestly they are hoping for an end to the agony that’s simply beyond human endurance.
It’s hard to fathom what keeps this hope alive in the first place. Unbearable stink, swarm of flies and mosquitoes, packs of ferocious dogs scattered all over the landfill and the surrounding areas, severely damaged water sources and polluted air… their litany of woes is endless. To top it all, the hollow promises doled out by successive governments. Still, hope refuses to taper off!
But what if the CM backtracks? “Then we will protest,” adds Mukund Rao. “We are ready.”
Anger reigns Mavallipura
On the contrary, Mavallipura is on the edge and all set to erupt in protest against the reopening of the erstwhile Ramky SWM Landfill to ‘compost’ wet waste.
“All this talk of letting in only 300 tonnes of waste is an outright lie. We have seen 250 trucks lining up to unload the garbage before we had the landfill shut down in 2012,” says DSS activist from Ramagondanahalli M Ramesh.
Srinivas, the DSS activist who led the protests, says: “If they say it will all be processed in a scientific manner, then why not shift this plant to Palace Grounds and start composting there? Why should it be either Mandur or Mavallipura?”
“I will chop off their ears and nose if one truck enters the village,” says Hanumathappa whose livestock has been reduced to 10 from 60. The polluted water has been systematically decimating the livestock and they simply don’t know where to go. This is what our trip to both landfills revealed and a lot more last Sunday.
A word of caution to Bangaloreans: If they have their way, we will soon start wallowing in our own garbage.