A campaign to keep Mangalore clean was held on Tuesday. The campaign was organised by the Mangalore City Corporation, Prajna Counselling Centre, Prerana Mahila Swasahaya Okkuta, and a jewellery store.

Inaugurating the campaign, Deputy Commissioner N. Prakash said solid waste management and its disposal was better in Mangalore compared to that in Bangalore. “Cleanliness gets reflected in this city that is known for good literacy rate. It’s like a heaven when you come here after seeing the situation in Bangalore,” Mr. Prakash said, and added that these where his observations after spending nine days here after assuming office.

Mr. Prakash said it was necessary to maintain higher standards in waste management and Mangalore should be a model city in the State.

Ombudsman for implementation of schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Seena Shetty expressed the need for people’s involvement in maintaining the city clean. People should make use of cloth bags and bring down the use of plastic ones. Disposal of plastic had been a problem in many cities, he added.

Hilda Rayappan from the Prajna Counselling Centre also spoke.

A pamphlet stressing the need for segregation of dry and wet waste was released. The pamphlet explained the fee to be collected from each house every month for collection of waste and the fine to be imposed on those who dumped plastic carry bags in waste bins.

Swasahaya okkoota members took out a procession from the Town Hall raising slogans on the need to keep the city clean.

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