To take a decision on door-to-door collection soon
Several residents of Valencia cleaned the areas around their homes, collecting waste and segregating plastic and paper from organic waste as part of ‘Movement for Clean, Beautiful Valencia’ on Sunday.
There is a difference of opinion among residents of Valencia on getting a system of door-to-door garbage collection, said Asha D’Silva, Corporator, 48, Valencia Ward. She said a meeting would be held in the coming Sunday or next Sunday at Shivashakthi Bhajana Mandira to decide on the issue. Manjula, also a Valencia resident, said that some people were unwilling to pay Rs. 30 for the door pickup of garbage.
Dolphy Saldanha, a Valencia resident, said that when segregated garbage reached the bins, ragpickers would open the bags to collect material such as plastic bottles to resell them, and in the process mix up all the garbage.
Aurea, from Holy Rosary Church, who was cleaning a place near St. Gerosa School, said she and her colleagues segregating wastes even before this clean up drive began.
Near Fisheries College, Flora, with a group of eight people, had filled four garbage bags with waste from a mound of decomposing garbage. Arun Raj Rodrigues, coordinator, ‘Movement for Clean, Beautiful Valencia’, an initiative of Vincent Ferrer Church, Valencia, called for a lorry from the corporation to clear the garbage.
Most participants were middle aged or elderly. Betty Sequeira, a participant, said, “Oh, (I helped clean up) just this road. I am 86.”
Near Father Muller Hospital, a group of residents instead of picking up the waste, called and directed two MCC women employees where to sweep. Mr. Rodrigues said people had been oriented about the clean-up drive but “they are not used to it. The culture is not there, especially in this matter”.
Pamphlets with names of Mangalore City Corporators and contractors concerned from Valencia area and their phone numbers were given to residents. He said, “Contractors give the (cleaning) work to others. Subletting is the problem. Such initiatives will create awareness among them (corporation officials) that citizens do notice”.
The clean-up drive was the third phase of the programme following street plays on the issue at 12 locations in the city and a walkathon held recently as the first and second phase.