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To: Sri K. Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble CM of Karnataka, Sri A. Kenche Gowda, CEO, KCDC, Sri V.N. Veerabadraswamy, Managing Director, KCDC, Sri Manjunath Prasad, Commissioner, BBMP, Sri Sarfaraz Khan, BBMP Joint Commissioner for Solid Waste Management

Shut down KCDC plant & Give Citizens the Fundamental Right to Breathe Clean Air

1. Shift the existing plant immediately to a remote and unpopulated location outside the city limits. That is the only viable option at present since all experiments to control the odour have so far been unsuccessful.
2. Strictly limit the current intake of the wet waste to 70 tonnes as an interim measure to reduce the smell until plant shifts out to remote location.
3. Clear the RDF backlog, release the encroached land and restores the ecosystem of the lake as per the NGT norms.

Why is this important?

The Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) plant at Kudlu has become a major source of air and ground water pollution in Somasundarapalya and adjoining areas of HSR layout, Bangalore. The KCDC plant was created in 1975 to support and strengthen environmentally friendly and sustainable waste management systems outside the city limits. Gradually, the city grew and this area also flourished as it was strategically located between IT corridor of Electronic City and Sarjapura Road. In view of public health and safety, the plant was closed down in 2008. However, in 2013, an Expert Committee was set up at the behest of High Court of Karnataka to resolve City's garbage crisis. The committee disregarded the public opinion and overlooked the devastating harm that such a plant would cause to the local environment. They misconstrued the case, ignored the economic and social impact on public health and willfully got the plant reopened and worst of all -got it expanded. Now, KCDC in the middle of densely populated locality with numerous schools, apartments, shops, hospitals and other institutions with population over 25,000. The plant originally meant to process 70 tonnes, now receives 300 tonnes of waste everyday from Koramangala and other parts of southern Bangalore.

The open disposal and unscientific processing of large amount of waste is producing toxic air. A highly unpleasant stench emanating from the plant spreads beyond 2-3 km radius, inflicting untold sufferings on people. The leachate drained into the lake and seepage from open mountain of RDF has severely contaminated the surrounding lake water. The people living in the vicinity of the plant are suffering damaging respiratory and lung diseases, apart from eye and skin problems. While the local governing bodies have failed to grasp the seriousness of the problem, residents feel completely helpless and exasperated with frequent spells of unbearable stink.

Public money worth several Crores has already been spent on many piecemeal solutions which miserably failed to control the disgusting stink. We believe the denial of fresh and clean air is a serious violation of the basic human right of people. The plant is set up right on the bank of Somasundrapalya Lake. It has failed to achieve environmental, economical and social sustainability, which in itself is a grave violation of the SWM rules.

To reclaim our right to breathe clean and fresh air, and live healthy lives, we want the GoK and BBMP to stop ignoring the issue of public health, take immediate measures and work out an effective and time bound solution to this longstanding problem.

If enough Bengalureans raise their voice for the residents of HSR layout and Somasundarapalya breathing polluted air, we will deliver our signature to Honable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri K.Siddaramaiah, BBMP J.C. SWM, CEO KCDC, MD KCDC and BBMP Commissioner and convince them to immediately shift the plant to a safe non residential location.


Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Reasons for signing

  • Is the Joint Action Team still active? Will they take any action aganist this plant?
  • Still why there is no action being taken, seems like I am the only one who is still experiencing the bad air.
  • This is casing breathing issue


2017-11-20 12:41:22 +0530

Thanks to your support, Mr. Manivannan P (Secretary to Govt of Karnataka) reached out to us and formed a Joint Action Team (JAT) to find a sustainable solution to our problem by January 2018.

The Joint Action Team consists of citizens of the affected neighbourhood, KCDC officials (MD, Plant CEO among others), Special Commissioner for Solid Waste Management, BBMP officials, Lake officials and various supervisors responsible for the smooth running operations of the KCDC plant.

We've had a few JAT meetings already, action items have been identified and assigned owners. The actions are being tracked and followed-up on almost a daily basis to ensure quick implementation. The JAT is also discussing sustainable ways in which the waste intake at the KCDC compost plant can be reduced to the required amount, the rejects including RDF (refuse-derived fuel from the waste) backlog can be cleared up, and the unbearable stench in the air can be cleared.

2017-09-11 16:45:39 +0530

5,000 signatures reached

2017-08-07 18:35:53 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2017-08-07 16:07:00 +0530

500 signatures reached

2017-08-07 13:32:34 +0530

100 signatures reached

2017-08-07 12:59:31 +0530

50 signatures reached

2017-08-07 12:48:14 +0530

25 signatures reached

2017-08-07 12:38:30 +0530

10 signatures reached