Hyderabad: Dammaiguda citizens sat on indefinite hunger strike on October 20, asking to shift the Hyderabad’s biggest dump yard. Due to lack of maintenance a foul odour is spreading, from the dumpyard and has also polluted the groundwater, causing health hazards to the families living nearby.

5000 to 6000 Metric tonnes of waste generated by Hyderabad city in a day is dumped in Jawahar Nagar. It is situated in the middle of 30 villages.

Mr Prashanth a resident living in Dammaiguda was a part of the protest and said that National Green Tribunal had asked the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to alternatives for Jawahar Nagar Dumping yard on December 2017, but the GHMC. He said, “Lot of families and children living are suffering because of the pollution in the place.”

The smell from the dumping yard spreads a 15 km area, to places like Keesara, Malkajgiri and Kapra Mandals. During heavy rains, the odour which spreads is horrible claim the residents. Groundwater up to 10 km radius around the dump yard is polluted. Leachate from the dump yard is seeping into the ponds in Damaiguda.

Mr Mallik Yandamuri who has construction site there, says. “The official capped the dump yard, and there was no problem in selling the properties, for two years, but now due to the unpleasant smell and bad odour it has become difficult to sell properties.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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