Mysuru: Former Minister, S.A. Ramdas, who was on an indefinite hunger strike here to protest the seven lakh tonnes of garbage dumped near a waste management plant here, was taken into police custody along with 20 others on Friday as he tried to prevent lorries from unloading more garbage at the spot. He was later released.
Mysuru Deputy Commissioner, D Randeep, who held a meeting with Mysuru Corporation Commissioner, G Jagdish and others on solid waste management in the city, told reporters later that the seven lakh tonnes of garbage lying near the waste management plant at Vidyaranyapuram would be disposed of through bioremediation and by setting up a waste to energy plant.
A detailed project report would be ready in two months. Also, the state government had approved two more waste management plants, at Rayankere and Kesre, he revealed.
While the city generates 402 tonnes of solid waste every day, the existing solid waste plant at Vidyaranyapuram can handle a mere 200 tonnes. The rest is dumped at a landfill near the plant.
Meanwhile, Ms Premakumari who claims to be Mr Ramdas' former girlfriend, told reporters here that she would contest the next assembly elections and even take him on if need be. "I have still not decided which party I will contest from," she added.
Responding to her statement, Mr Ramdas said, "Let Goddess Chamundeswari bless Premakumari. Anyone can contest the elections. But I am sure some people are prodding her to do this. The people, who made me a Minister, will decide my fate."...