Bangalore: Pulling up the government for not taking immediate action towards disposal of garbage in the city despite mounting pressure from citizens and directions of the court, Karnataka High Court today directed the government to identify five more landfill sites around Bangalore for disposal of garbage within two weeks.
Hearing a PIL filed by advocate G R Mohan seeking superseding Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (civic body) over garbage issue, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen observed "what is the government doing? Is it not obvious that there is a need for a landfill, is the government looking for a request from the BBMP?.....indicate the areas which will be eventually taking it (garbage). Sites have to been identified".
The Chief Justice further observed "it is a matter of concern that the government as yet has not looked into the problem....it is obvious that more sites are required for receiving waste generated in the city. The learned Additional Government Advocate is directed to locate at least five sites around Bangalore within two weeks before the next date of hearing".
Earlier, rapping the government for just "sitting on the problem", the Chief Justice observed "it is most unfortunate to see the problem and not react to it ...this is not governance".
Taking the BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel to task, when he submitted that they were working on roadmaps to solve the problem and needed at least two months time to resolve the issue, the Chief Justice observed "you are talking about roadmaps, there will be no roads left in sometime. What are the immediate steps form today or tomorrow? What is the solution".
The court further directed the BBMP to identify the agency which will help ensure disposal of garbage generated by bulk generators.