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November , 2009
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Landfill makes their life miserable

Source: The Times of India, New Delhi, Date: October , 2009

Landfills are supposed to keep the city clean. Here, it is the other way round. The landfill in Mavallipura has made life difficult for residents of the area. Several villagers have alleged that highly toxic waste has contaminated the water of lakes that join the Arkavathy and T G Halli reservoirs. Health impacts include increasing cases of meningitis being reported. The landfill near Yelahanka used to be a forest land five years ago. People then began illegally dumping waste from the city here in Banglore. Several villagers have alleged that highly toxic waste has contaminated the water of lakes that join the Arkavathy and T G Halli reservoirs. Health impacts include increasing cases of meningitis being reported. The landfill near Yelahanka used to be a forest land five years ago. People then began illegally dumping waste from the city here. Residents say the BBMP took over the spot three years ago and made it a landfill, giving the contract to a company. However, they complain that the landfill was not managed well, which led to pollution. Member of Environment Support Group, Leo Saldanha, said: "The landfill was terribly managed. There is no effluent treatment plant and now the bottom has caved in. Both groundwater and lakes are getting polluted. There is no source of drinking water."

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