Website Impact! Quick Action by MCC & Area Corporator Rectifies Temp Kadri Market Open Drain Issue

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Website Impact! Quick Action by MCC & newly elected Kadri Area Ward Corporator Manohar Shetty Rectifies Temp Kadri Market Open Drain Issue. Credit should go to members of ‘People’s Forum-Mangaluru’ who took the initiative and Team Mangalorean joined in their efforts- and we both achieved our GOAL!

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 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 quick action taken by the MCC Commissioner Ajith Kumar Hegde and newly elected Kadri Area Ward Corporator Manohar Shetty within few hours after the photos and report was highlighted in the Web and social media. While Mangaluru City Corporation had neglected this problem for months even after many complaints by the residents, members of “People’s Forum-Mangaluru” and Team Mangalorean took the initiative in highlighting and bringing it to the notice of the concerned authorities- and the result was ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE!

That’s Not Smart! MCC Neglecting an Open Drain with filth, wastewater of fish, poultry and meat drained into it and allowed to get stranded with no proper drainage system. The efforts put in by People’s Forum-Mangaluru, and Team Mangalorean did bring some sigh of relief for the residents in that who have been facing all kinds of safety and health issues due to this filthy and stinky open drain. This morning Yeshawanth, the MCC Sanitary Inspector Department had put into work a bevvy of MCC workers to clean the open drain filled with filth, and also clean the surrounding area which was filled with grass, garbage, etc etc. – and by today evening 90% of the filthy area was cleaned.

Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Corporator Manohar Shetty said, “I got a call after the issue was highlighted, and I quickly contacted the concerned authorities, and they quickly came and did some inspection, and this morning the MCC workers have cleaned the stagnant drain, cut the grass, pulled out the weeds, removed all the garbage in the area. We will connect the drain water to the existing manhole/stormwater drain outlet- and if that doesn’t work, we will construct a huge pit, and suck the drain water every day, until the market is shifted to the new place. I do agree that proper planning was not done when the temporary market was built, and no proper drainage system- and now we are facing all these problems, and even putting the nearby residents in hardship”.

Arjun Shet, a resident from Aquarius apartment said, “Myself and other residents have given bunch of complaints on this open drain posing health hazards to us, but until now no action was taken, and we had to face all the consequences. We also see public urinating along the sides of the wall, and the street vendors also create a mess every night. When it gets dark, we see a bunch of youngsters dealing with drugs, and throw syringes into the drain. Cops have done nothing to stop this drug menace. We are grateful to People’s Forum-Mangaluru, Team Mangalorean/ and also our new area ward corporator for taking up this issue and helping us out from this mess, that we have been experiencing for months. I have a feeling that everything will be okay from today onwards. Thanks to everyone who were involved in rectifying the problem, on behalf of the apartment residents in particular, and also general public”.

It is learnt that MCC Health Officer Dr Manjayya Shetty along with other MCC engineers, had also visited the spot, and has assured to take necessary steps to solve the problem. 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. Hope the residents are happy now that a bunch of Good Samaritans came to their rescue, so that at least now they can breathe clean air and smell clean air. Prior to this morning cleaning by the MCC crew, the open drainage was so filthy with stagnant water, you could see mosquitoes breeding in large numbers.

Before this open-drainage was cleaned this morning, it was scary to look at the pathetic condition of the drainage, and the terrible smell. Why should the residents here and other citizens who pass by had to bear with the consequences due 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 this open drainage posing health hazards. Now that crores of money is pumped into the city from the government, its time MCC utilizes part of the money and rectify problem like these, with a systematic drainage.

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