Dharim Patel, a resident of Electronic City Phase II recently send an email complaint to the National Green Tribunal. This email was about Air Pollution due to Solid Waste Management Plant in Bruhat, Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The resident has pleaded the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to seriously look into the matter so that necessary actions can be taken against this.

Mr. Patel in his email stated that “Recycling plant Chikkanagamangala which creating air/land and water pollution all over Electronic City Phase 2 Banglore. The whole area within two km radius smell very hazardous gas and living difficult for a local resident. After many protests and complain no action taken by them.”

There’s also a petition on the online platform Change.org that seeks support for their protest against the state. The petition reads “Dear Fellow Citizens, This petition is for RIGHT TO BREATH in areas surrounding Chikkanagamangala, Electronic City Phase II where BBMP has started Solid Waste management Plant which is emanating obnoxious smell that has made the life of inhabitants in this area miserable. It has till now been signed by over 2600 people. We want to stop operations at this plant to save lives of inhabitants from the stink of huge piles of waste dumps to the obnoxious fumes from burning plastic to the infectious possibilities of medical waste and the cesspools of wet garbage.”

Pranay Dubey, one of the members of the group protesting against the plant said that the plant was called off in 2016. But then again, it was re-started by the cooperation in the year 2018. He said that they have been protesting against the same from 2018 but there hasn’t been any action whatsoever. He said that the group has numerous protest and more than half a dozen open letters against the plant but no actions have been taken so far.

A copy of the order can be viewed here –  pdf_upload-361693

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