GP's move to make Kalasa litter-free receives good response

A meeting convened to discuss on litter free Kalasa received overwhelming response from the general public on Tuesday. The members of Annapoorneshwari Mahila Mandali, Rotary Club, Congress, Jagrutha Nagarika Vedike, Auto drivers association and others promised to extend their support to the gram panchayat.

The PDO said that the GP spends Rs 2.5 lakh every year on disposal of garbage. The GP is planning to collect garbage through a mini tipper in the future.

Gram panchayat President Usha said that there is a need to create awareness among people on the disposal of garbage beside roads.

As the GP has shortage of staff, it would be better if the garbage disposal responsibility is entrusted to private organisation or individual, said Vice President Anil D’Souza.

Abdul Shukoor said that unless the plastic carry bags are banned, the problem will not be solved.

Jagrutha Nagarika Vedike President Manjappa Poojary said that land should be identified for dumping of garbage. Compound wall should be constructed to ensure that dogs and cows do not enter inside the dump yard.

When GP member Ranganath alleged that there is lack of space for dumping garbage, the participants urged the authorities to ask Revenue Inspector to earmark land for the purpose.

Annapoorneshwari Mahila Mandali Champa Rao said that the Mandali has been creating awareness on plastic free Kalasa for the last three years.

Congress leader N M Harsha said that the GP should start door to door collection of garbage. 

The garbage should not be dumped to Bhadra river or sources of water. After a lengthy discussion, the GP decided to collect fee from households and shops for collecting garbage and also to create awareness among general public.

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