Taking stock of the lack of cleanliness and orderliness in Central Market in the city, newly-elected Mangalore City South MLA J.R. Lobo and Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader issued warnings to the Mangalore City Corporation to clean up the waste in the area.
Both elected representatives visited the market Monday morning, and were “shocked” by what was around them.
The dumping of rotting vegetables, and other waste was a health hazard, said Mr. Khader. “To clean up the waste is the responsibility of the MCC. If disposal does not happen effectively, it will lead to an outbreak of contagious diseases,” he said.
A little while after his visit, Mr. Lobo also visited the vegetable, flower, meat and fish markets in the area. “The roads in the area are bad; toilets are not maintained and are insufficient; there is massive garbage and parking problem. There is no place for farmers to sell their wares to traders in Central Market,” he said.
The immediate problem was to restore a sense of hygiene, and the MLA gave an ultimatum of one week to the MCC to ensure that the place is cleaned up.
On a long-term solution, he said: “There is a plan for a construction of a new market. In many places, it seems like the current market building is going to collapse. We need a complete integrated plan, and to develop it, need to take the stakeholders into confidence and get their views. This will take time.”
In many places, it seems like the current market buildings are going to collapse. We need a complete integrated plan to develop them