Mangaluru, Feb 27, 2019: Repeated complaints of foul smell and spilling of waste water by goods vehicles transporting fish particularly through the main areas of the city have seen no impact either on the district administrations or the Transport and Police Departments.
DK DC S. Sasikanth Senthil stated in January to regulate fish transport, it is yet to become a reality even as he has said that he is awaiting a report from a committee comprising officials of different departments. “By that time, another monsoon and another fishing holiday will come and people will temporarily forget the nuisance,” a resident of Pandeshwar in Mangaluru had pointed out.
While operators of containerised fish transporting vehicles have almost stopped letting out water from the waste water tank, goods pick-up vehicles continue to create nuisance as they either do not have waste water tank or their operators keep the tap open, said a resident of Jeppu. Residents have been complaining about this menace during every weekly phone-in programme of Mangaluru City Police Commissioner.
Instead of checking the nuisance at source, that is, at the exit of the fishing harbour, traffic police personnel wait on roads to book cases against erring vehicles on rare occassions.
Of late, pick-up vehicles transporting rotten fish from Mangaluru harbour to fish-meal factories in Ullal have added to the misery of road users and residents because of foul smell and germs polluting the environment.