Mangaluru, Feb 6, 2016 : Inaction of Mangaluru City Corporation, other officials and the police against fish transporting vehicles discharging foul wastewater along the road, residents of Jeppu and a few activists on Feb 5, Friday staged a protest and stopped such vehicles at Morgan’s Gate.
The residents and activists of Tulunadu Rakshana Vedike stopped nearly 10 vehicles at Morgan’s Gate junction. They allowed vehicles to move only after the drivers closed the valves of the tank in which wastewater was stocked for carriage.
Residents and motorists had been facing hardship from vehicles carrying fish as they were discharging wastewater along the road right from Bundar, Bolar, Jeppu, Morgan’s gate, Mahakalipadpu, leading to Ullal and Kerala. The wastewater, which contained oily substance of rotting fish, had rendered the roads with a bad smell and slippery, resulting in motorists skidding and falling off their vehicles apart from pedestrians facing a bad situation.
Yogish Shetty Jeppu from the vedike said that in spite of registering several complaints, the authorities had failed to initiate any action against vehicles discharging wastewater on roads.
“ The vehicles are basically of Kerala. The drivers close the valves and prevent wastewater from being discharged while entering Kerala. Laxity on the part of local officials here allows drivers to ignore discharge of wastewater along the road in this city,” he said.
Activists and residents began checking the vehicles at 6.30 a.m. at the Morgan’s Gate junction for leakage of wastewater.
After ensuring that there was no leakage, the vehicles concerned were allowed to move. Drivers of some vehicles, who got a hint of this activity, diverted their vehicle towards Valencia and joined the National Highway at Gorigudde.