Mangaluru, July 04, 2018 : Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has identified 51 gram panchayats where inert waste burning units will be installed to prevent dumping of waste along highways and on roadside.
Such units have been installed in Kerala and I have seen their functioning, M R Ravi, CEO of the panchayat informed the 12th general meeting of the panchayati raj body, adding that Kukke-Subrahmanya gram panchayat has come forward to set up such a unit on its own.
A detailed project report will be prepared soon to set up such units in 51 gram panchayats. Dumping of garbage on the highway and roadside is particularly more in the gram panchayat limits of Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks, Ravi said, adding notice had been served on gram panchayats of 26 gram panchayats who had failed to control this development and further action was mulled based on the reply by the panchayat development officers to the showcase notice.
In addition, the zilla panchayat has recommended to the regional transport officer to cancel the registration of vehicles that were found dumping the garbage on the side of highway. In some cases the Code of Criminal Procedure had been invoked against persons found dumping the waste and the assistant commissioners had been recommended to take action against such persons. Dumping of waste along public roads is continuing notwithstanding such measures, Ravi said.
Keeping this in mind, Ravi directed the taluk panchayat executive officers to continue legal measures against those who dump garbage illegally. A high level awareness is required to prevent dumping of solid waste. Legal measures alone cannot bring the change, Ravi said. His observation came in backdrop of a complaint from Kasturi Panja, vice-president of the zilla panchayat who complained that this is happening on a regular basis at Haleyangadi along NH 66.