No solution in sight for waste disposal
A solution for the stalemate over the dumping yard issue at C Ramapuram village seems not in sight as District Collector PS Pradyumna made it clear that it cannot be resolved in four or five days. He said that they are ready to resolve the issue by clearing the apprehensions of the villagers. He had conducted all-party meeting in Tirupati on Wednesday night in search of a solution.
Tirupati: A solution for the stalemate over the dumping yard issue at C Ramapuram village seems not in sight as District Collector PS Pradyumna made it clear that it cannot be resolved in four or five days. He said that they are ready to resolve the issue by clearing the apprehensions of the villagers. He had conducted all-party meeting in Tirupati on Wednesday night in search of a solution.
- Villagers of C Ramapuram are against dumping garbage in survey no. 96
- MLA Chevireddy demands Tirupati civic body authorities to given an written assurance of shifting garbage yard
Interestingly, the YSRCP leaders, who attended the meeting, categorically stated that they will stand by the decision of the all-party meeting as the interests of the Tirupati constituency people were more important to them as in the case of Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy who stood for his constituency people.
Thus, the problem became more of constituency related than on the party lines. The central point of the problem lies in survey no.96 in which 98 acres of land is available. The Zindal company proposed to set up a plant for converting waste into energy in 11 acres which is in the same survey number.
But, it was alleged that most of the land in that survey number was encroached by some leaders. The leaders of all parties and elite of the city appealed the authorities to first conduct a survey in that sight to know the reasons behind the stiff opposition to the proposed plant.
The CPM, CPI and Republican Party leaders strongly alleged that the whole problem is revolving around survey no.96 only and the authorities should act tough on the encroachments. On the whole the meeting expressed its displeasure over the villagers’ attitude on this issue.
If garbage vehicles are obstructed then the problem will aggravate causing severe problems to thousands of visiting pilgrims besides the denizens. Already, garbage is piling up in the city and by Thursday evening around 570 metric tones of garbage has piled up. But, the corporation authorities were taking every step to transfer all the garbage into vehicles and inside bins.
They are taking more precautions where pilgrims’ movement is very high. But if the problem continues further the situation will become bad to worse.The Collector said that he is closely monitoring the situation and advised Ramapuram villagers to think positively and they are ready for dialogue on any problem of the villagers. Everyone’s intention is to make the pilgrim city as a clean one, he added.
Chevireddy, who is strongly opposing the dumping of garbage in Ramapuram, is saying that they want written assurance from the authorities that the dumping yard will be shifted to somewhere else and the waste to energy plant will also be located there. If they identify the land and lay the foundation stone for the plant then he will convince the villagers to allow the garbage till the plant works are completed. The denizens of Tirupati say the government has to take a lasting decision so that these types of problems would not be repeated.
By V Pradeep Kumar