In what is said to be a breather for the Panchayat Raj Department, the solid waste generated in the residential layouts that are still under the limits of gram panchayats in Mysuru city will be segregated and disposed of as done in the municipal wards of the city.

With the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) proposing to establish two plants for recycling waste into compost, the 70-100 tonnes of waste generated in 17 gram panchayats (GPs), including Hinkal and Hootagalli, that have come within the city will be transported to the one of the proposed plants.

The Mysuru Zilla Panchayat is mulling over asking the MCC to handle the waste until the plant is constructed. The GPs are ready to transport the waste for recycling to any of the existing plants or the dump yard at Vidyaranyapuram.

Sooner or later, the GPs will be coming under the urban local bodies. Instead of setting up a plant spending crores of rupees for scientific handling of wastes generated in GP limits, the waste produced can as well be transported to the plants that eventually save a lot of money for the department. The measure serves twin purposes – saves the cost of setting up the facility and handle the waste which otherwise remains untreated, causing unhygienic environment.

Mysuru ZP CEO Shivashankar told
The Hindu
that he had signed an understanding with the MCC for handling the waste generated in 17 GPs.

“The government had asked us to transport the waste to the MCC as it has proposed to set up two new compost plants. The MCC was in need of solid wastes for its new plants for converting the same into manure.”

Until the plants become a reality, the MCC will be requested to handle the wastes. “I am writing to the MCC Commissioner in this regard. Our vehicles will transport the wastes to the existing plant,” he said.

Untreated

As of now, Mysuru generates 450 tonnes of solid waste, and only 200 tonnes are converted into manure at the plant established on PPP model on the Sewage Farm premises. The remaining waste, untreated, is dumped on the farm premises and it eventually decays and emits an unbearable stench.

The government has cleared the MCC’s proposal of establishing two waste recycling plants, one with a capacity of 150 tonnes and the other, 100 tonnes. The plants are proposed at Kesare and Rayankere.

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