A pictorial journey of farmland disaster brewing in Mavallipura

The grapes of wrath: Different coloured grapes in one bunch means they are ripening at different stages. The farmers say that if all’s well, all the fruits in one bunch ripen at once. No wonder why this output gets readily rejected by wineries.

The grapes of wrath: Different coloured grapes in one bunch means they are ripening at different stages. The farmers say that if all’s well, all the fruits in one bunch ripen at once. If not, it’s nothing but a sign of unhealthy output. No wonder why this output gets readily rejected by wineries.

With the Karnataka High Court clearing the way for scientific processing of 300 tonnes of wet waste at the erstwhile Ramky SWM Landfill in Mavallipura yesterday, I thought of taking you through a guided tour of disaster that has ripped the economic fabric apart in this and surrounding villages. Check out this slide show. Continue reading

Mandur & Mavallipura won’t let garbage trucks in after Nov 30, ready for protests

M Ramesh of Ramagondanahalli and Srinivas of Mavallipura tell they will not let a single garbage-laden truck enter the landfill.

DSS activists M Ramesh of Ramagondanahalli (in grey T-shirt) and Srinivas of Mavallipura (first from right) tell they will not let a single garbage-laden truck enter the landfill.

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. Continue reading

Visit to Mavallipura landfill reveals a new & horrifying chapter in ‘composting’

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

Landfill covered with a layer of soil. The leachate from these mounds enters an open tank located at the entrance of the facility.

With the talk of Mavallipura landfill “revival” rending the air, I thought it was high time I visited the landfill and studied what it takes to compost biodegradable waste from 300 tonnes of mixed garbage per day which includes all possible kinds of hazardous waste. Continue reading