Mangalore, Oct 25, 2014 : PM Narendra Modi’s Swatch Bharat programme is admired far and wide. Despite the hype around the cleanliness drive, garbage, filth and more are still very much prevalent. Look at ’State Bank’ bus terminals, around the prestigious Malls, in the narrow lanes and beside national highways in and around Mangalore and Udupi and the districts.
The dumping of garbage on both sides of the national highway at various locations makes many people using the road to be put to inconvenience by the stench that emanates from the garbage dumped indiscriminately. Inspite of awareness on why use of plastic should be avoided, people continue to use plastics. It forms a major chunk of the garbage dumped along the national highway.
Disposal of garbage continues to be a challenge faced by the authorities. Officials say that the city corporation alone can not keep the city clean. A change in attitude among people towards the issue of cleanliness is need of hour. Responding to the call on Swaccha Bharath Abhiyan, Mayor Mahabala Marla had announced that the cleanliness drive will be implemented for one whole month. If groups come forward to clean the mess, then the MCC will extend its helping hand by providing needed materials and men, he had said.
A few schools and colleges had responded to the drive for two to three days. “There was no good response from the public. A total of 31 associations including schools and colleges had approached the MCC. A few had taken up the drive on October 2. The MCC will take up a drive to check and eradicate Malaria shortly.” “There was no need to take up a cleanliness drive for ‘clean Mangalore.’ If the garbage is collected daily, then Mangalore can be clean and beautiful,” said shopkeepers. A large number of people come to Central Market for their daily purchases. But lack of cleanliness add to their problem. We can not keep our shopping bags on the ground because the ground is dirty. People have the habit of dumping garbage on the streets and pavements. Adding to this, construction debris is also dumped. It is the responsibility of the house owners and contractors to clear the debris. There is a need to implement a policy for an effective disposal of construction debris. Indiscriminate spitting by people, without any consideration for the fellow being is a very serious matter, but is never given any weight. Spitting from buses and moving vehicles even in very populated and amidst heavy traffic is not taboo in our cultured region.
The overgrown grass and greenery beside the highway in all directions indicates Swaccha Bharath Abhiyan is not only not clearing the garbage but other matters too are neglected. Along the railway lines too the discarded garbage, plastics and so on are blot not on the authorities alone but on all rail users. The railway should strictly enforce that all waste should be discarded in the compartments in bins or bags to be cleared at fixed places, this could be a simple solution. Shockingly, none in the corporation sees what’s happening around them, the authorities seem immune to dirt around them.