Bangalore: Wipro Chairman Azim Premji on Friday called on all Bangaloreans to spearhead a citizens' movement and stage protests against non-clearance of tonnes of garbage rotting on the streets of the city.
"I think there should be a strong citizens' movement for this; you agitate. It's ruining your health, it's ruining the health of your parents and it's ruining the health of your children," Premji told reporters.
He also expressed his concern over the amount of viral fever going around in Bangalore and waste materials being released into lakes.
"I think it's a very serious problem," he said, adding that there are pollution-reforming and pollution- control machineries, but three-fourth of them do not work.
The waste is entirely released into the river, part of which is used for drinking water purposes, he said, adding, in many parts of the city, the "dump" (garbage) is now extending to the streets.
Three days ago, former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had also expressed his dismay over the local BJP administration"s lack of response and action to clearing up overpiled garbage across Bangalore, and even said he may have to reconsider his association, if any, with the ruling party in the state.
Yeddyurappa said: "I am in an upset mood. I have been compelled to voice my views. With rainfall, chances are aplenty of diseases being spread. It has been literally disgusting to see the amount of garbage accumulated all over the state capital Bengaluru. And, the civic authorities seem to have turned a blind eye. It was a pathetic sight as I came from Gattikuppe (a neighbourhood). Wonder if the Chief Minister and the city"s Mayor are aware of this stinking fact. As such I have resolved to initiate stern public action on this issue within a week."
"During my tenure as the Chief Minister, there had been never such a scenario of civic services being ignored," added Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa has been cold-shouldered by the BJP for sometime, and has accused the party leadership of deceiving him.
He blamed Karnataka Home Minister R.Ashok for the mess that Bangalore was in.
"R Ashok, the Home (interior) Minister happens to be the minister in-charge of Bangalore, and he ought to have a taken note of this," said Yeddyurappa.
Since stepping down, Yeddyurappa has been constantly approaching the BJP to reinstate him as the chief minister of the state and the leader of the BJP in Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa was forced to quit as Karnataka Chief Minister after former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice(Retired) santosh hegde indicted him for his role in the illegal mining scam and also for his alleged role in irregularities in allotment of prime land to his relatives.(ANI)