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Bangalore: HC raps civic bodies for garbage dump

Nov 20, 2012 03:07 PM IST India India

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday pulled up the state government for letting garbage pile up in Bangalore. Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen rapped the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Pollution Control Board for failing to tackle the garbage problem.

Justice Vikramjit Sen expressed apprehensions that unless some top officials are taken to task, the rot won't be stemmed. Slamming the government officials for failing to come up with a solution in two weeks, the judge said that there is no trust left in the government agencies.

"Once we put some top officials behind bars, will this issue be resolved? You could not come out with a plan in two weeks to resolve the issue. We don't have faith in you," the Chief Justice said.

The next hearing on the matter comes up on Thursday and if the agencies fail to come up with a concrete solution, the High Court will issue contempt notices to top bureaucrats including the chief secretary and BBMP commissioner.

For nearly two months, the Bangalore administration has been struggling to clear the garbage. Facing severe flak from the citizens, the Bangalore administration finally approved 80 solid waste management projects worth Rs 300 crore. It also notified 400 acres of land on the outskirts of Chikkaballapur to be used as a landfill.