Website Impact! Extreme Cleanup by Forest Dept makes ‘Kadri Skating Rink’ Condoms Free?
Mangaluru: Once again Mangalorean.com has proved one more positive result after highlighting another civic issue -Talk about the power of media, especially Electronic media where we highlight the civic issues and within few hours or couple of days the concerned authorities who can’t bear the criticism about their negligence, quickly get into action and rectify the civic issues. In the past Mangalorean.com has highlighted various civic issues through our website, and there has been a tremendous effect with most of the problems being fixed in no time, from rectifying dilapidated roads, open drainage, non-friendly footpaths, dog menace, neglected garbage, illegal hoardings, pot holes, dying trees etc.
Couple of days ago, on 15 January Team Mangalorean had published a report “https://www.mangalorean.com/got-condoms-nirodh-kadri-skating-rink-has-become-kadri-mating-rink/in” Mangalorean.com, and Team Mangalorean had forwarded the article link to Sridhar, Forest Range Officer, and also concerned MCC Officials, for their quick action- and looks like they did act quickly. Within 24 hours, the Forest Department had hired a man to do the cleaning two days ago, and yesterday there were two more men doing the clean-up job. The response on Facebook was tremendous with readers/citizen posting their comments, about the carelessness of the authorities in allowing illegal, activities taking place at the Rink surrounding areas.
Even though the complete cleanup is not done, it will take a couple more days to clean the entire area, which was once looking like a dense forest. ( see the pics in the earlier article link). If someone would have seen this Rink area few days before Team Mangalorean highlighted the issue, the Kadri Skating Rink/Hi-Flyers Skating Club (which once existed) which has become a haven for illegal activities, ranging from drug peddling, prostitution, Sex activity; and Homosexuality, with transgenders hanging around late in the evening, seemed like a “Kadri Mating Rink”? Lakhs of rupees spent on beautification of this Govt Forest department property was all in shambles, with thick grass grown all round, trees/grass being burned- and the worst part is that you’ll hundreds of used condoms/wrappers (Nirodh, Manforce, Durex, Skore brands), and also empty liquor bottles, chewing tobacco etc.
But at least now, after the concerned officials woke up after seeing the report/photos on our website, and took quick action in deputing a few people to cleanup the Rink area, it looks like the place is slowly recovering its original standards. But extensive work is needed to put back the area in a good shape, so that people can use this facility for walking or enjoying the real beauty of the Nature, like the greenery around and the birds. But still due to lack of toilet facility, the park is also being used as an open toilet, by a bunch of street vendors from out of town doing their illegal business on the side of the Highway. Even today one could see human feces all around- and Team Mangalorean clicked a picture of a man coming back after his “Daily Thing” holding a water bottle in his hand ( see photo). To stop this Team Mangalorean suggests that locking the gate will prevent such things happening in future, because as of today, the gate is still wide open.
A Street Vendor returning back after happily using the ‘Open Air Toilet’ in the Rink area
In conclusion, in my perspective, while appreciating the quick action taken by those responsible in the cleanup work, and that much more has to be done to beautify this place, the govt forest department officials should take extra steps in turning around this shabby place into a better place, so that it would benefit many. Right now it has apparently turned into an eyesore of the Smart Coastal City. People are being forced to keep away from such places full of greenery and pure nature because of certain alleged nefarious activities that are taking place there in full public view. Prostitutes, mainly transsexuals, soliciting customers which has become a routine affair here, should be cracked down and stopped. Seemed like the Forest Department, that maintains the land, and the police did not not seem to have taken the issue seriously, even though the Kadri East Police Station is just a stone’s throw away.
But as of now, as they say “Something is Better than Nothing”, even though much more cleaning work has to be completed, Team Mangalorean is happy that the report did bring some changes, and eventually the “Kadri Skating Rink” will stay away from becoming a “Kadri Mating Rink?”
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