Chikkamagaluru: Shani's curse, ghosts, broken limbs to befall garbage offenders

Daijiworld Media Network - Chikkamagaluru (SP)

Chikkamagaluru, Jan 13: The officials of the local municipality have been raising boards at various spots in the town to warn people habituated to throwing garbage in public places at will. The municipality has been creative in its own way in its bid to hit the right nerve or sentiment.

The warning content includes, "Lord Shani will come after you the moment you litter here, people who throw waste will lose their limbs and become beggars, litterers will be haunted by spirits in their dreams, your bad times begin from the moment you throw garbage" and so on. Municipal commissioner Basavaraj is hopeful that the spiritual beliefs or the fear of the unknown will be able to instill a sense of responsibility in the citizens or atleast scare them.

There are 25 auto rickshaws riding around the town 12 hours a day collecting garbage from the houses everyday. But the lazy ones, late to rise, have a bad habit of throwing the garbage at will. To discipline the garbage offenders , the municipality has come up with this novel plan.

In addition to 150 designated garbage points, boards have also been planted at various spots where the garbage is illegally disposed of. The municipal commissioner has pleaded with the people not to throw waste in public places as the beauty of the town is ruined and the public will have health issues. Before this, the officials had undertaken door to door visits asking people to dispose of waste only through municipal garbage vehicles.

Announcements were made through mounted loudspeakers on vehicles but people never were incorrigible. They started carrying waste in their vehicles and threw them anywhere on the way. As a last resort, the officials have chosen to threaten the people with bad omens, the divine and the unknown. The municipality hopes the plan will succeed.

In some places, photos of deities with Rangoli near them have been placed with a request not to throw waste. New teams have now been formed to monitor progress. The people have been warned that the civic amenities provided to their houses will be withdrawn if they throw garbage in open places. Meanwhile, the very people warned have been lauding these methods. As for the municipality officials, it's fingers crossed!




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  • Vinay, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    This is called 'Desi Jugad'

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  • Mohan, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    we will do nothing. Then say- Modi is responsible.

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  • diana dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Although I am not a BJP supporter, on this point I fully agree with you. Efforts should be from both sides you see, leaders as well as common man.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    i dont know whether to laugh or cry...all countries in the world are marching forward and our country still practicing these nonsense blind wonder the westerners called us as land of snake charmers and mantravadis..cannot still come out of AJJA NETTA ALADA MARA...attitude.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Crude, primitive, promoting superstition and in bad taste! It’s a total nonsense and reflects poorly on the municipality.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    This problem of throwing garbage is everywhere even in western too.Some people who never learn.Mostly elder generation not used this method but throw where place is.Now modern welt more plastic which was not there previously and bottles .Now more motor oil ,and some other waste is increasing.Plastic bottles plastic garnitur eatery container are increased due to carry away boxes.Even Here old car Batteries are thrown somewhere in bushes from some people .Because batteries should be given back in proper shops and it costs.(when self installiert)In India may be better when Govt.keep containers for garbage not only one place but every 500 meters?depending how many housing facilities are there.People are becoming bit lazy to carry their waste a bit far.On this container stick pictures whether bottles ,or plastic only or food waste etc.That may workout better than Deity or such funny pictures.When people are illiterates then that helps also not much of writing.

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    In india this is tge biggest problem. Service is not provided and how can authorities say not throw garbage. Where to throw garbage then. Teach the public and provide bins. Dont blame us. Please tell me in remote area where i should throw my empty beer bottles???

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Handling garbage is challenging ..however that is not a reason you can use to throw and litter around your place

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    PR stunt to cover their inability to provide service.

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