Mangalore: Kadri Park surroundings turn into waste dump, pose health risks
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Mangalore, Feb 26: Unknown persons have been dumping loads of waste mud and garbage around Kadri Park rendering the area unhygienic for passersby and making the whole place an eyesore. One can find loads of waste mud being dumped across the sides of the highway opposite to the Kadri Park, in front of the skating rink.
"I am fed up of clearing the mess in the area. Complaints along with photos attached were submitted to the MCC environmental department and action had been taken. But the problem still continues," said Mahesh Kumar, secretary and coach of Mangalore Skating Club, speaking to daijiworld.
"This skating rink has been situated opposite Kadri Park for almost three years, in the plot that belongs to the horticultural department. All through the three years, the lorries have been dumping mud in the surroundings, especially during the wee hours of the day, sometimes even during the day time, as there is no one to question them," he said.
"The MCC had taken action against these people and warned them, but again the problem has been continuing. A warning board has been put up at the spot, but to no avail. Lorries park along the side of the road and the drivers use the surrounding areas for defecation and urination, leaving the place unhygienic and filled with mosquitoes," added Kumar.
"The children and their parents who come to the skating rink have also been facing lots of problems due to this menace. I’ve been clearing the waste using JCB over these three years at my own expense, but the problem still continues. Even after the waste is cleared, within a day, someone comes and dumps the waste again. It so happened once that so much waste had been dumped that the entire gate at the entrance to the skating rink was completely covered by garbage. At least after this, the MCC officials have to wake up and taken action, so as to avoid such nuisance in future," he urged.
"Some fish lorries have also been found parked in the surrounding area and letting out waste water on to the roadside providing an environment for deadly diseases and terrible stench," added Kumar.
As warnings have borne no results, it is high time the authorities take stringent action against offenders. People too should join hands for the cause and take a leaf out of Mahesh Kumar's book in keeping the surroundings clean.