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Debris dumping continues despite warning

Raghava M.

Proposal to set up an enforcement cell sent to the State Government



Dangerous:Debris dumped near St. Anthony's Home for the Poor at Valencia in Mangalore.

MANGALORE: Dumping of debris on roadside continues unabated in the city if the space opposite the Kadri telephone exchange is taken into consideration.

Though the authorities levelled the debris dumped on either side of the national highway here recently, construction waste is being put there again.

Dumping of debris continues regardless of warning against it by the Mangalore City Corporation and the district administration. District in-charge Minister Krishna Palemar recently announced a reward of Rs. 1,000 for those giving information on persons dumping construction waste on roadside by calling 2457919 or 9448135767.

Debris is seen more on National Highway 48 leading to Bangalore and on National Highway 17 leading to Kerala. It could also be seen on either side of NH 48 after Padil, near the bus-stops at Kodakkal and Kannur checkpost, on either side of the highway near Jeppina Murugu and near St. Antony's Home for the Poor near Nandigudda Circle. In most places, it is causing inconvenience to motorists. The city corporation has earmarked seven acres of land near Pumpwell, where the new KSRTC bus-stand will be built, for dumping of debris. By this, the administration wants to reduce the cost to be incurred on levelling the land. A board installed near the site states that only construction material should be dumped and those violating it will be fined.

But a visit to the site gives a different picture. Not only construction material, but also plastic items, used tyres and other waste are being dumped there. J.F. D'Souza, a resident of Mangalore, said nothing was being done to prevent dumping of debris on roadside. “I do not see any change even after Mr. Palemar's statement that those giving information on persons dumping debris on roadside will be rewarded,” he said. On his part, the Minister said he was helpless as nobody called the numbers suggested to lodge a complaint. The officials said they could do little when debris was dumped at night. Corporation Commissioner Vijayaprakash said the corporation had been making efforts to prevent dumping of debris on roadside. It was clearing the debris dumped in some areas. Mr. Vijayaprakash said that a proposal had been sent to the State Government to set up an enforcement cell on the lines of the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force to deal with dumping of debris.

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