By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore: Simultaneous operations were conducted by the City Corporation officials belonging to the the Revenue and Health Department, dismantling illegal hoardings and checking health related issues in hotels and residential hostels in city limits on July 13.
The officials raided two Expert P U College Ladies Hostels, owned by Geetha Nayak ,and Sai Ladies Hostel near SDM Law college owned by Subhash Shetty. Expert Ladies hostel had 21 students living in 2 buildings. The hostel warden has maintained cleanliness well but not provided mosquito nets to the students.
Fifteen working ladies staying in Sai Ladies Hostel had no proper ventilation on the first floor. The Health officers have advised the owner to make proper arrangements for ventilation and see that the staircase is well lit.
Hotel Shanthi Sagar during inspection was found below the standard in many aspects. Kitchen staff were found to be working without hand gloves and did not have medical fitness certificates. Chapathis were found persevered in a very unhygienic manner. The hotel authorities failed to maintain cleanliness. Penalty of Rs 2000 was imposed and the business was shut down until the rules and regulations set by the Health Department followed.
Officials also raided Hotel Suvarna and Hotel Sagar. The rear side of Hotel Suvarna was overflowing with drain water, the hotel authorities immediately complained to the City officials that the drain water flowing into their compound was from outside. In response, Health officials had the area cleared of the bushes and shrubs, and found that the hotel itself was releasing the drain water to the open place.
Scene at Hotel Sagar was too horrible. Cooked rice was kept outside covering it with a newspaper. The officials imposed a penalty of Rs 2000 and ordered to shut down the hotel. Pereira hotel was also inspected and found that management had maintained the cleanliness well said, Environment officer Madhu. He also said that they have made good arrangement for the drain water by building a tank and pumping excess water to the main drainage time to time which has helped in keeping the surrounding area clean.
Health Inspector Sushanth, Babu Malan, Santhosh, Yashwanth, Environment Inspector Madhu and Assistant Health officer S N Bhat also took part in the raid.
Meanwhile the operations of removing the illegal hoardings under the leadership of Assistant Revenue Officer Praveen Chandra Karkera, with order from the MCC Commissioner Harish Kumar also was in progress at Padavinangadi.
Speaking to mangalorean.com Praveen Kumar said that, this is a continuous process, the MCC will dismantle and seize all the illegal hoardings in the city, and later all the seized items will be auctioned and penalty will be imposed on persons who have violated the law. We have informed the public through various sources not to erect any illegal hoardings in the city, and even after several warnings the illegal hoardings still exist in the city.
Revenue Inspector Raghuram, Umesh Athikari, Jagadish and Assistant Revenue officer Vijaykumar also took part in the operation.