The Front Side of the MCC Building looks CLEAN but Incredibly DIRTY on the Back Side

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The Front Side of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Building looks CLEAN but Incredibly DIRTY on the Back Side. MLA Vedavyas Kamath who has his office in the MCC building could see filth including rusted vehicles, broken furniture, waste etc right behind his office window.

Mangaluru: Everyone has heard the saying “Never judge a book by its cover-but judge what is inside it .” Well, that certainly is true when applied to everyday life. Most of us tend to look at one’s external appearance and draw a short conclusion about their character when we first observe them. Similarly, Never judge a person by his/her outer looks, instead judge him/her by inner character. And for that matter, Never judge the standard of Mangaluru City Corporation Building by the appearance from the front side, but also judge it by the appearance from the back side. Right behind the office of our popular and beloved MLA Vedavyas Kamath, you will be surprised to see the junk, including garbage, rusted vehicles, broken furniture etc. Even at one spot, a wall inside the building is adorned with gutka/Paan spit, which is so nasty.

Also as the saying goes, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones?” What it means is that we shouldn’t criticize or find faults in other people when we have faults and weaknesses. You wouldn’t want someone throwing a stone back at your glass, would you ? The concept is that if you live in a glass house and throw rocks at your neighbours, you could damage your own home. We have to be careful how we behave and take action against others because in trying to harm or sleuth others you could bring trouble to yourself. This quote compares well to the character of our officials at Mangaluru City Corporation, who go around the City and urge the citizens to keep their surroundings clean, as part of Swachh Mangaluru- and also bring awareness of cleanliness to prevent the spread of dengue and malaria by the mosquitoes- but the same officials have neglected the cleanliness surrounding their Offices.

The Look of the MCC Building from the Front Side…..

Seems like the “We don’t practice what we preach ” kind of thing? It is nice to note that our City officials are doing a good job in raiding shops looking for owners whether they bear trade licences, raid hotels and restaurants to check on hygiene conditions, visiting new construction sites to check on the living and sanitary conditions of the labourers, raid on illegal slaughterhouses etc. But at the same time, our City officials should also take care of the pile of waste that has piled up behind the MCC building, giving scope for mosquito breeding right in their backyard.

……And the Look of the MCC Building from the Back Side?

While Mangaluru City Corporation has been rated as one of the best in the ‘Swacchata Sarvekshan’ by the Central government, having piles of garbage in the backyard of the City’s corporation building sends a wrong message, and also creates fear to the people living close to MCC building.

I think Mangaloreans should compel the City officials and other civic agencies to accept responsibility for the fundamental right to life and to provide a hazard-less atmosphere, rather than be dazzled by announcements of fancy and expensive beautification schemes of City upgrading. It is high time that the Mangaluru City Corporation looks at building a people-friendly city.

Let’s hope for a better and clean Mangalore City, supposed to be the Coastal Pride of Karnataka, and the best educational hub in the nation. As they say “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”- MCC should clean up the mess and prevent the spread of any diseases. Hope the MCC Commissioner and other top officials will take this report seriously and do the needful.

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