Help door-to-door waste collection or lose water connection: DC

Nirmala Nagara Abhiyana begins in Mangalore

Violating the rules would cost high, as the rule breakers would be levied with a lofty penalty and will be switched off from the water supply, said the DC.

Speaking after inaugurating ‘Nirmala Nagara Abhiyana,’ a cleanliness drive organised by Lions, Lioness Club Highland and Ashok Nagar in association with Sri Ramakrishna College, Ponnuraj appreciated Mangaloreans for the presence of individual cleanliness compared to other cities, while on the other hand he blamed the public for not being the same once they step out of their houses. “Awareness and system enforcement must go hand in hand, it is only then that the city could be beautified,” he said and added that scientific waste disposal site at Pacchanadi will be set up at the earliest for the proper waste management in the city.

The waste disposal site aims at bifurcating varieties of filth like bio-degradable and non bio-degradable waste which will be recycled or dumped in land fills appropriately, he informed.    

Speaking on the sidelines of the programme, he informed about the plans of establishing a recycling centre in the city, the responsibility of which will be handed over to a private firm who can reap profit out of recycling the waste.

Meanwhile, he also put across the thought of converting plastic into crude oil on the similar lines of Chennai’s plastic waste management technique.  “The same technique has been adopted in Mysore recently. Based on its result, we will decide whether to implement or discard the method. Converting plastic into crude oil has opened a new vista as it has shown that things can be improved without banning plastic too,” he said. 

Street cleaning

The NSS students of Sri Ramakrishna College along with volunteers from Lions and Lioness Club took up the task of cleaning Mangalore streets starting from Bunts Hostel to Central Market via Hampankatta-State Bank.

A street play was also staged by the students to create awareness on maintaining the city dirt-free.

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