Karwalu waste management unit cause for concern at Udupi CMC meet

Independent member Nithyananda Olakadu raised the issue of improper solid waste management in the newly set up solid waste unit at Karwalu with the purpose of scientific disposal of the solid waste. The matter had created huge uproar in the media recently owing to the nuisance caused to the public due to the improper disposal of the waste.

Answering the question, CMC President Dinaker Shetty apologised to the inconvenience caused to the public and informed that the incomplete works of the KUDCEMP have created the chaos. The urgency to shift the dumpyard at Beedinagudde, ended in dumping the waste in the newly set up Karwalu solid waste unit. The unit was still in its initial phase of construction, he said and added that the CMC is extremely dissatisfied with the snail’s pace works of KUDCEMP. A proposal will be sent to the government demanding that the payments of the KUDCEMP workers be withheld. The higher official of the KUDCEMP has been informed regarding the negligence of the workers and their lack of interest in the works. Manholes and other drainage channels are seen leaking in most of the places within the city limits, due to inappropriate works of the KUDCEMP.

Udupi crosses all other cities in the State in the use of plastics. As much as 95 per cent of the entire waste comprises of plastic materials. CMC is taking up a project at the cost of Rs 5 crore to introduce a new machinery to dispose all the plastic materials.

A fertiliser plant will be set up in the area much similar to one in Belgaum municipality with the help of Ramkhee Company from Hyderabad, he informed.

The other issues that were discussed in the House included the impediments in the process of the distribution of ration cards in the city. Member Kiran Kumar lauded the efforts of the State government in making available the facility to maximum number of public.

Opposition leader Jayanand from Congress demanded the clarification for the continued restrictions imposed on plying of the vehicles in K M Marg even after the upgradation works of the road are completed. Dinaker Shetty informed that light motor vehicles are allowed to ply and heavy vehicles will be permitted shortly on the stretch, he said.

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