Local residents and college students took part in a sanitation drive launched by the Hassan City Municipal Council (CMC) on Monday to keep the city clean ahead of Hasanamba Utsava, which is scheduled to begin on October 24.
Many local organisations and volunteers of the National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps joined hands with pourakarmikas to clear the garbage.
The three-day campaign covered 12 wards on the first day.
The participants removed weeds on roadsides and cleared plastic strewn along footpaths. The CMC provided gloves and masks to all participants. It will continue in the rest of the wards on Tuesday and Wednesday.
H.S. Prakash, MLA; V. Anbukkumar, Deputy Commissioner; Sreevidya, president CMC; Gururaj Hebbar, philanthropist; and Shambhunath Swami, Adichunchanagiri Math were present.
Mr. Anbukkumar said the launch of a sanitation drive with the involvement of the people was a slap on the faces of the CMC staff.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves. If you had visited wards and inspected the cleaning work by private contractors regularly, the people would not have to hit the streets with broomsticks,” he said.
The Deputy Commissioner told the MLA that he would supervise the garbage clearance work and ensure that people need not have to take out a drive to keep the city clean. The CMC is spending Rs. 12 lakh a month to keep the city clean.