GWMC dumping yard turns a bane for nearby villagers

GWMC dumping yard turns a bane for nearby villagers
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The GWMC dumping yard on the outskirts of Warangal city has turned a bane for the residents of four villages surrounding the yard, bringing sickness and pain into their lives. Kakatiya Solid Waste Management Park, set up on about 30 acres at Madikonda under 54th division of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC), has been affecting the lives of the residents at Rampur, Elkaturthy, Madikonda

Warangal: The GWMC dumping yard on the outskirts of Warangal city has turned a bane for the residents of four villages surrounding the yard, bringing sickness and pain into their lives. Kakatiya Solid Waste Management Park, set up on about 30 acres at Madikonda under 54th division of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC), has been affecting the lives of the residents at Rampur, Elkaturthy, Madikonda and Narsingaraopalle.

The residents were complaining of breathing problems and skin allergies due to smoke and water contamination caused by the dumping yard and want the GWMC to relocate it away far from residential area. “For the past several years, we have been demanding the Corporation to move this dumping yard from its place. But there is none to care. It has become a pain in our lives. Instead of disposing the waste in a scientific and safe manner, the Corporation personnel just putting the waste on fire,” complained Rampur ex-sarpanch Gaddam Saraiah Goud.

Though Rampur and other villages were merged into GWMC, they still surrounded by fields and orchards. “Before setting up the dump on the east of Rampur, we used to breathe fresh air from fields and orchards. Now we are forced to breathe the smoke engulfing the villages,” he noted. In addition to that the Corporation personnel are abandoning hundreds of stray dogs caught in the city at the dumping yard and they are straying into our villages. ‘After dark the villagers are afraid to go out due to the menace of stray dogs,’ he added.

The local municipal corporators of Thotla Raju and L Mounika Charan pointed out that the underground water was getting contaminated due to the yard. In rainy season, flood waters coming from the yard reaching Madikonda tank and from there to Somidi tank and finally Waddepally tank, which is a drinking water source for Kazipet and Hanamkonda residents.

“While the smoke is triggering breathing related problems, water contamination is causing skin allergies. Several times the issue has been taken to the notice of the Mayor N Narender, the Commissioner Shruti Ojha and the local MLA, but to no avail,’ Mounika Charan lamented.

Nearly one lakh fish in Madikonda tank, used for agriculture needs and fish rearing, died last year due to water contamination and it indicates the gravity of the situation. Yet the officials, local MLA T Rajaiah and the Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari, who some time back promised the villagers to relocate, have not responded so far, alleged Sadanandam Yadav, a resident of Madikonda.

The corporators and the villagers urged the Municipal Administration Minister K Taraka Rama Rao to look into the issue. They warned that if the Corporation authorities failed to relocate the dumping yard by December 31, they will take up an indefinite hunger strike from January 1, 2018 onwards.

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