Mangaluru, May 04, 2019: Speaking to media DCP (Crime and Traffic) Lakshmi Ganesh K said the lorry owners have been told to install a tank in the vehicle to collect the waste drippings. This was told to them during a meeting of fish transportation lorry owners, the Police Department and the district administration recently.
The waste drippings contain fish oils and rotten material which smell badly for long causing a nuisance to vehicle riders as the two-wheelers skid on the roads dampened by the oily wastewater. Also, the stink, emanating from the wastewater, creates a nuisance to the general public. The complaints regarding this are voiced at every weekly phone-in programme conducted at the Mangaluru City Police Commissionerate, and print media too has highlighted complaints from citizens.
A lorry with a capacity of one tonne should contain a tank of 50-litre capacity. The fish should be transported in insulated vehicles only. Also, the Fisheries Department has been asked to check the fish transportation lorries for the requirement of waste collection tank and insulator at the starting point itself. The owners have also been advised to clean the lorries on a regular basis.
The Regional Transportation Authority will issue an order in this regard soon. As per the order, the violators would be fined Rs 5,000 for the first offence and the vehicle permit will be seized for the second offence, he said.