Website Impact! While MCC Neglected, Palemar Fixed Open-Drainage
Mangaluru: Talk about the power of media, especially Electronic media where we highlight the civic issues and within few hours or few 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 etc.
Here is yet another story of website publicity which has brought positive results, with action taken by former state minister Krishna Palemar, while Mangaluru City Corporation had neglected this problem for months even after many complaints by the residents and a report named ” That’s Not Smart! MCC Neglecting an Open Drain in Front of Hospital” was published in Mangalorean.com dated 10 October 2016. The MCC officials had promised to rectify the problems within few weeks after our report was forwarded to them, but no action was taken. In the meantime, the same report was forwarded to Krishna Palemar, whose apartment complex is coming up in the area- and he took up the task in fixing the stinky open-drainage.
Even though Mayor Harinath states Palemar’s fight over to supply clean MCC drinking water is all election gimmick, but whatever it may be, Palemar is doing a good job in trying to solve some of the civic issues which the MCC has been ignoring. And fixing this open-drainage located near Kodialguthu Rd (near Mannagudda) which had stinking waste water flowing, and the drainage which was also close to Vishal Children’s Hospital, Palemar has been a Good Samaritan! For many months it’s been a nightmare and a horrible situation for the people very close to the drainage and it was so horrible. Thanks to Palemar Sir for coming to the rescue of these residents, so that now they can breathe clean air and smell clean air.
The open drainage was so filthy with stagnant water, you could see mosquitoes breeding in large numbers. While the MCC Mayor, Health Officer and other corporators are talking about an increase in malaria and Dengue cases, and also trying to prevent these diseases from happening, why had they turned a blind eye against this open drainage, in spite of numerous complaints from the area residents. Is this how the Officials are looking forward to a “Smart City” by ignoring Citizens grievances on safety and health issues.
Before this open-drainage was fixed a few days ago, it was scary to look at the pathetic condition of the drainage, and the terrible smell. Why do the residents here and other citizens who pass by had to bear the consequences due to this filthy open drainage. Instead of fixing the lanes and inner roads, constructing footpaths (which hardly anyone uses or not fit to be used) with taxpayers money, MCC should take care of civic issues like open drainage posing health hazards. Now that crores of money are pumped into the city from Central government, its time that they utilize part of the money and rectify this problem with a systematic drainage.
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