Kerala turns 'nuisance neighbour' for Karnataka, Tamil Nadu by dumping toxic waste


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 17: Kerala has turned into a ‘nuisance neighbour’ for Karnataka. The neighbouring state is allegedly dumping hazardous biomedical waste in Kodagu, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts.

The illegal dumping started around two years ago. Trucks from the neighbouring state allegedly dump waste in vacant government lands or properties in dispute, late in the night.

Nanjangud MLA B Harshavardhan told Deccan Herald, the issue was first noticed in Gundlupet and Virajpet forest areas. However, the dumping has extended towards Mysuru via Nanjangud.

The MLA tells media that the vehicles carrying waste commute post mid-night and dump waste in the wee hours of morning. Just a few days back, Nanjangud police nabbed two Malappuram residents who were caught red-handed dumping waste.

According to the MLA, there is a nexus between some residents of Nanjangud, Gundlupet and the companies that are behind the illegal dumping. “Some residents identify lands which are lying vacant and inform these companies. They get paid handsomely for this information. I have been working closely with the district administration to put an end to this menace. If this goes unchecked, it could lead to outbreak of diseases,” he adds.

Meanwhile, a resident of Nanjangud regrets that the waste is set ablaze. The smoke literally chokes the town, he adds.

The waste has also increased the stray dog menace in the area. Many notice the dogs carrying blood stained biomedical waste.

According to a wildlife activist, the waste is smuggled from the Bandipur Reserve Forest area. Most of the trucks carrying garbage pose as fruit and vegetable trucks and misguide the officials at the checkpost. Some even hide waste beneath sand. Some also use Karnataka registration vehicles so that they can easily pass through check posts.

According to a WHO report, Kerala has 9,650 health care institutions that generate approximately 20,000 tonnes of biomedical waste per year. Only 20 major institutions have captive biomedical treatment facility. Kerala’s sole common biomedical waste treatment plant is in Palakkad.

The huge amount of waste generated and the lack of facility to dispose the waste could be a main reason the state has turned its neighbours into dumping grounds.

Meanwhile, the brunt is not just faced by Karnataka. Tamil Nadu suffers too. While waste generated in North Kerala is sent to Karnataka, the waste from South Kerala is dumped in Coimbatore and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

As many as 27 trucks carrying hazardous medical waste were seized by officials of the Regional Transport authority in Tirunelveli district in 2018.

 

  

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    I have no problem if they would outnumber us, thats ok.. but when one moves to another city then they should integrate with the locals..
    We Tuluvas should expect integration for our side, we do not want to be in a situation as former,.. we had accommodated people from a particular sect( do not want to name them) and we were denied access to there temple, this nuisance will not be tolerated anymore.. I feel sick wen people think they are superior because they are fair in complexion..

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    I have always warned people regarding this issue.. they call their state as 'gods own country', even God may not know what that means.. for God all places are dear to him, without any distinction.. keep their surrounding clean and throw ur waste somewhere else, and u call urself as literate state. Please visit Madiwala, which is called a mini Kerala, one is forced to speak in Malayalam even though we are in Karnataka. Madiwala is a mess, garbage thrown everywhere..

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Feb 18 2020

    Where's madiwala??? Which state?

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 18 2020

    Bangalore, Karnataka..
    It's near forum mall in kormangala.. I am not against anyone but Bangalore has be come very chaotic past 7 years.. and just because inflow of people is not in governments control.. there may be just 5% who are native to Bangalore and about 10% other kannadigas.. which is not a good sign.. rather opening companies in every state or different cities in Karnataka..

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  • Geonardo, California

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    what is happening in Republic India?
    Indian politics/parties/politicians all are the same.
    British shouldn't have left freeing India.
    Over-Freedom, Corrupt Government without proper rules and regulations.
    Such a Shame !!!!

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Not only thrashes, even they dump their people everywhere.

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    They were dumping toxic wastes during CAA protests too

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  • ChrisP, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    i've said it before and i am saying it again, build a wall.

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Not only dumping scrap these keralites when they come to mangalore city throw water empty bottles and eatery plastic packs on road side when running cars,

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Boycott Kerala and mallus.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Dakshin Kannada district, has become an extended arm of Kerala !!!!

    Malayalam has gradually replaced Tulu, Kannada and Konkani languages !!!!!!

    They are a threat to Karnataka, as they are deliberately dumping toxic waste and worse, exporting religious extremism, in the state and in the entire nation !!!!!!!!

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  • Jude, Belman

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    We are busy with hindu Muslim fight.DK and udupi.ibbrra jaggalla murravanigge labba.

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    100% literates can do that.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Whats the use of 100% literacy? When they throw garbage elsewhere?

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Athye Vishu, moklen illiterate educated Panda yencha?? Ath aklna sankoten aklna taray mudel g paadre aapuja? Bethe oriyena nirekaretha taraay mudel g dadek Ye paduni?? Yenkulu sasarane? 😡😡

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Ur point certainly doesn't justify their action, We people will call out everyone who creates menace..

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    I have no problem if they would outnumber us, thats ok.. but when one moves to another city then they should integrate with the locals..
    We Tuluvas should expect integration for our side, we do not want to be in a situation as former,.. we had accommodated people from a particular sect( do not want to name them) and we were denied access to there temple, this nuisance will not be tolerated anymore.. I feel sick wen people think they are superior because they are fair in complexion..

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Nama sasarane avu nija ye😭😭😭 Bangalore d Pura pidhai dhakule.. kannada patheru nakul thikanda avu namma bhaagya.. ancha nama Kudla aayere balli...
    Pura HR nakul Keralites nakul, matha recruit manpunu mallu naklen akul... Avu law prakara thappu..
    Ethe namma ool povod kelsa g...??

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    They are the worst people on earth

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    We all should follow swach bharat abhiyan.

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  • Prashanth Suvarna, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Check your facts.. Why should we be held responsible for other people's irresponsible neglect at doing their proper duties. I feel the only way to set this right is to load them again and dispose them at their corporation compound and theek them thanks but no we don't want this free gift so thank you and take this bk ok?

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    When Karnataka towns dump garbage in plain sight in empty sites at vacant layouts (I can show any amount in Bangalore & Mysore), it has no reason to blame Kerala!! not to condone a wrong, but set yourself right first.

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Ur point certainly doesn't justify their action, We people will call out everyone who creates menace..

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    Kerala people are already a menace in Mangalore

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  • Sam, Kudla

    Mon, Feb 17 2020

    First they dumped the chemical industries in mangalore sent their people to work in mlore and now this

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