`Sydney's water supply model can be adopted for Mangalore'
`Sydney too faces problems in disposal of garbage'`Residents there have absolute respect for rules'
MANGALORE: Mayor of Mangalore K. Ashraf, who had been on a tour of Australia and New Zealand with the Indian delegation, has returned home with new ideas for the Mangalore City Corporation.
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Ashraf stated that many aspects in Sydney and Auckland administration were similar to that of Mangalore civic administration. But the only difference is that law and policies have absolute respect from all citizens there and at any cost they will not deviate from the rule book. Compliance to rules is their religion, Mr. Ashraf said.
He said that in Sydney, the distribution of water is highly regulated with the sole objective of supplying water to every house, office and industry according to their needs. The quality of water is also checked on a day-to-day basis as there are stricter health standards. Mr. Ashraf stated that this model will be perfect for Mangalore where water is becoming hard to get and distribution erratic.
Mr. Ashraf said the Mayors there had more powers than anybody else when it comes to the welfare of the citizens. The city councils are supreme in making laws for their cities and delegation of powers is also absolute. Mr. Ashraf, who was accompanied by the Deputy Director of projects from Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) J.R. Lobo, exchanged views with officials there about garbage management. Sydney too faces problems like Mangalore when it comes to disposal of garbage, they learnt. Mr. Ashraf also interacted with Mayors of Karachi and Cairo. Mr. Ashraf has also brought back a few models on street lighting, traffic management, beautification and development of "city tourism" from Sydney and Auckland.
If the Government is serious about developing Mangalore as a tourism destination, it is possible to achieve it on the lines of these models, he said, for which the estimated cost is Rs. 500 crores, he said.