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MP Simha, MLA Ramadass continue mudslinging over new plant to process waste

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Mysuru: At a time when the whole of the world is racking its brain over fighting the pandemic, two elected representatives are indulge in mudslinging over Excel Plant at Sewage Farm in Vidyaranyapuram in the city.

The then district incharge minister V Somanna (now incharge of Kodagu) addressing the gathering during his visit to Excel Plant at Sewage Farm in Vidyaranyapuram in Mysuru. Mysuru- Kodagu MP Prathap Simha, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, former mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath are seen.

A day after former minister and incumbent Krishnaraja assembly constituency MLA S A Ramadass raised several posers daring Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha  to take measures to set up the new plant at Rayankere, the latter has taken the issue ahead further on Sunday. Both belong to BJP and Ramadass is a senior leader of the party who represents Krishnaraja constituency in the Legislative Assembly under which the plant in question is also located.

Simha who is known for  his vociferous remarks, has released a set of photos and newspaper clippings to media only to prove his point that what he and the previous district incharge minister V Somanna had did to redress the long pending issue. The untreated waste of two lakh tonnes accumulated at the plant remains the bone of contention for long and the tepid smell that emanates from the plant, has been taking a toll on the health of the people residing in the vicinity. Following this, the authorities had proposed to rope in the services of Zigma Company which has been deploying a  bioremediation technology to clear the waste in Nagpur.

Simha has explained that the new project is set to take off after keeping the proposal before the urban development department. In a short span of five months, the efforts have been made to find out a solution. Is it wrong? he has questioned further.

Simha has succinctly stated that ‘On November 5, 2019, Somanna had led a delegation to the plant. Following the inspection  and opinion of the people gathered at the plant,  Somanna had formed a committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar. besides directing the committee to submit a report before November 25. It was later instructed that the officials concerned should visit the plant in Nagpur in Maharashtra and submit a report.

Accordingly, a team of corporators and officials led by the then mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath including the deputy commissioner and MCC commissioner visited the Nagpur plant and filed a positive opinion during the karnataka development programmes (KDP) progress review meeting held on January 3. MLAs G T Devegowda and L Nagendra  had also favoured the project. Ramadass too had been invited to all the afore said meetings.

Following the report, the project (plant) has now reached the stage where the works over installing the plant is set to take off, after running from pillar to post for three months. What more can we do? Was it wrong to take the issue to its logical end? Simha has questioned. It will help in finding out a solution for the three decade long issue and can also put stop to the often heard argument over dumping all the waste in  Sewage Farm. It has been also thought over to install the plant at Kesare and Rayankere too.

In a separate clarification on Saturday, Ramadass had stated that “I had no objection if the efforts are made to convince the people with a power-point-presentation about the new project. The people should be convinced that the proposed project will not create environmental hazards and also their health. Moreover, when the plant with the capacity to process 200 tonnes of waste still remains a contention, the new project of 400 tonne capacity would aggravate the issue further. Instead, I will only help to get the required approvals if the new project finds a place in Rayankere eight kms away from the heart of the city. The city corporation has acquired 110 acres of land at Rayankere”.

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