Mangaluru, Dec 27, 2017: The Mangaluru City Corporation has finally decided to make segregation of waste at source mandatory for all households and commercial establishments in the city from January 16.
The city corporation will soon prepare a schedule for waste seggregation for all the 60 wards. Antony Waste Handling Cell Private Limited (AWHCPL), the agency that is currently handling the city’s waste, has been given necessary direction and a final meeting will be held in this regard on January 15.
In fact, MCC is keen on introducing segregation of waste at source since the city corporation is one of the strong competitors in the Swachha Survekshan survey launched by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs .
Mangaluru City South MLA J R Lobo said the role of the citizens is very important in seggregation of waste at source. "We have decided to commence collection of segregated waste in the entire city from January 16. We request people to cooperate by seggregating dry and wet waste before handing it over to the waste collectors," he added.
Mayor Kavitha Sanil said, "Our earlier attempts to make waste segregation compulsory at source has met with a very little success but, this time we are very serious and will see that the system works efficiently in all the wards. Very soon, we will prepare schedule and routes for dry and wet collection."
The mayor said the city, which is one among the 27 cities in the state to participate in the Swachha Survekshan campaign, is still lagging behind when it comes to the number of downloads for Swachhata app. Citizens’ feedback through this app is an essential criterion under Swachha Survekshan. Though, the city corporation has a target of at least 10,000 downloads for the app, only a very few people have downloaded it so far, she said while requesting people to download the app before December 31.
MCC officials said only 363 smartphone users in Mangaluru have downloaded the app as on December 25. Mangaluru will get 150 points in the contest of Swachha Survekshan if the number of downloads touches 5,000, an officials said. December 31 is the last date for downloading the app available on the website of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs.