‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness’,but Not at Mini Vidhana Soudha Premises- FILTHY as Always
Mangaluru :‘Cleanliness is next to godliness,’ goes an ancient saying. But trust this being scrupulously pursued in the premises of the Mini Vidhana Soudha in Mangaluru. While the City is pitifully grappling with the garbage crisis is another matter. Reflective of this apathetic approach to clean its own premises is a cause for much concern. As you enter the main gate, you will be welcomed by a pile of garbage-every single day. And Team Mangalorean had already published an report highlighting this issue ‘ Pile of Trash Welcomes You at Mangaluru Mini Vidhana Soudha? ‘ on 19 March 2019, after which the officials there kept that area free of garbage for couple of months. But entering the Mini Vidhana Soudhana premises, I was once again welcomed with a pile of garbage.
Like there is a saying “Old Habits Die Hard”—which means it is hard to stop doing things that one has been doing for a long time; and if that saying doesn’t fit, there is yet another saying “Dog’s tail can never be straight even if we put it into a pipe for years”- meaning to say If we think people around us should change, it’s impossible! I guess that’s the case with the staff and officials at Mini Vidhana Soudha, whose manners of keeping the surroundings tidy will never become a reality. Just a few days ago, a citizen of Mangaluru by the name of Arjun Mascarenhas, and few other members of MCC Civic Group had met Thashildar T G Guruprasad and explained to him about the garbage being littered and piled up in the drains and in the premises, he assured to look into it, but also commented by saying the premises belongs to Taluk department, and that they should look into the maintenance.
Sir, it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep your surroundings clean, just like you and we all keep our homes and the surroundings clean. Just because PM Narendra Modi started the Swachh Bharath Abhiyan, do you expect to go to every city, and clean, just because it was his initiative. Oh well! I hope this report will once again awaken your officials at Mini Vidhana Soudha, to make them understand that keeping the premises clean is a good act, and not to put blame on others or telling other departments to do the cleaning. Hope this statement made it clear?
With hundreds of people visiting this place, since the building has the Taluk office, the office of the Assistant Commissioner, Mangaluru sub-division, offices of sub-registrar and land records, ’Padasale’ of the Revenue Department, which were earlier functioning in the deputy commissioner’s office premises and the office of co-operative audit, but with the scene of garbage lying right at the entrance of the Soudha, it proves the utter carelessness, poor maintenance and unhygienic conditions due to lack of co-ordination. While the officials take part in various Swachh Mangaluru campaign or awareness programmes, and educate the public in keeping their surroundings clean, however, they themselves can’t keep their surroundings clean- and one example of govt buildings is this Mini Vidhana Soudha opened in 2015. Seems like “We Don’t Practice What We Preach”, kind of deal!
Early morning you could see stray dogs feeding themselves on this garbage, showing an ugly and pathetic condition, right at the entrance of the Soudha. Has anyone from any of the department housed inside this beautiful white building noticed this rotten garbage, which sends a wrong message while Smart City is trying hard to be one of the cleanest city in the Nation. When our very own district administration officials are ignorant and reluctant to adhere to cleanliness, imagine a common man who wants to follow in their footsteps. These officials are showing a wrong path of cleanliness.
While NGO’s and many other organizations are doing their best to keep Mangaluru clean, but on the other hand, our city/district administration are abusing Swachatha. But the pace of things is pathetically slow and atrocious oversight of the problem in the past is showing itself up in ubiquitous garbage dumped at every conceivable empty site. In the eyes of the experts, the malady lies not in deficient technology but in management and concerned officials. Hoping to see Mini Vidhana Soudha clean following this report -thank you!
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