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Scrapyards to be relocated

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It will ease traffic congestion in Madikeri, says CMC Commissioner

Pack up and move?: Scrapyards in Madikeri, such as this one, will be shifted to the periphery of the city.
Pack up and move?: Scrapyards in Madikeri, such as this one, will be shifted to the periphery of the city.

The Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) is planning to shift scrapyards from the heart of the city to ease traffic congestion. The owners of the scrapyards on roadsides would be given notice to shift within a month.

Commissioner of CMC Srikanth Rao told The Hindu on Thursday that there were more than 15 scrapyards in the city. Most of them did not have licence from the CMC. Only four scrapyards had obtained a licence, and their licence had not been renewed for a long time, he added.

Sometime ago, the CMC passed a resolution on shifting the scrapyards to the periphery of the city. “We are only implementing the resolution,” Mr. Rao said. However, they would be located within the city limits.

Such a move would not only decongest the narrow Madikeri roads but also cut the risk of accidents, he said. The CMC was empowered to initiate such action under the KMC Act of 1964, Mr. Rao said.

A councillor, who did not wish to be named, said that paisari (revenue) lands could be obtained on the periphery of the city and space allotted to the scrapyards to put up sheds there. Such lands were available around Sampigekatte area on the Madikeri-Somwarpet Road. However, this was still at an inchoative stage, he said.

Ban on plastic

The CMC's efforts to ban plastic had succeeded to a large extent in the city, Mr. Rao said. Many shopkeepers had complied with the council's directions, but some were yet to fall in line, he said. The authorities would conduct inspections periodically to abolish the use of plastic, he added.

On the measures that would be taken to dissuade tourists from using plastic, the commissioner stated that he had written to the State Government seeking permission to slap fines ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 if a person was found using plastic items. The ban applied to the use of all kinds of plastic, he said.

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