MYSURU: There is, more often than not, a price to be paid for . There are, as the cliché goes, no free lunches. And sometimes, the price might just be too heavy – in the case of citizens dwelling near plants in Mysuru, it was the stench and the threat of diseases. However, these residents can now heave a sigh of relief with the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) deciding to bury the waste unloaded at the Vidyaranyapuram Sewage Farm, and the solid waste management plant at JP Nagar at landfills.
Former minister on Sunday paid a visit to the landfills that have been identified by the civic agency to dispose of the waste. He urged the officials to expedite the process of clearing trash from the solid waste management plants, and to start burying the waste at the landfills at the earliest.

Pointing out that around 170 to 175 tonnes of solid waste could be buried at the landfills, Ramadas said, “In the next 76 days, waste will be buried in the landfills till a height of 36 feet. This will go a long way in addressing the problem of waste disposal, which has been a persistent problem for decades.”

The senior BJP leader said that the civic authorities had sought permission to start operations at the solid waste management plants at Kesare and Rayanakere. “The JP Nagar plant can handle only 150 tonnes of waste, but around 450 metric tonnes of garbage was being unloaded there, causing much distress to the residents around the plant, with the stench emanating from the plant being unbearable, and turned into a health hazard. Now that the MCC has obtained permission to operate processing plants at Kesare and Rayanakere – each with a capacity of 200 tonnes – the city will be in a better position to manage garbage,” said Ramadas.

Admitting that the landfills were but a temporary solution to the messy problem of waste management, Ramadas said, “It is, however, a huge step in addressing the problem. In two years, we will work out a permanent solution. We will soon issue tenders to set up ‘Waste to energy’ plants, which will also enhance the waste processing capacity at the JP Nagar plant to 500 metric tonnes.”

The Krishnaraja MLA said that organisations with sound technical expertise and past experience in operating waste-to-energy plants would be given the contract.

MCC health officer Dr H Ramachandra opined that ‘biomethanisation’ of solid waste would put an end to the longstanding problem of garbage disposal in the city. “By generating electricity using waste, we can ensure swift disposal of the waste unloaded at the JP Nagar plant,” he added.

Sounding an optimistic note about the importance of launching operations at Kesare and Rayanakere plants, Dr Ramachandra said, “Waste management will not be a problem till 2050 once these plants start functioning. We have already obtained permission from the pollution control board to set up these plants.”

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