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Garbage polluting Manair river

Garbage dumping the near Manair River in Karimnagar town.  

Even as the State Government has decided to develop the Manair front on the lines of Sabarmati river front, its shores are being polluted by the Municipal Corporation of Karimnagar (MCK), which is dumping garbage generated from the town at the site.

Leave alone the MCK, other private agencies such as chicken centres, hotels, private hospitals, mechanical shops and others too are also dumping garbage generated at their places into the river Manair. The visitors entering the town from Hyderabad Road are greeted with stench, pungent smell and air pollution from the garbage dump.

Of late, washermen are also polluting the waters by washing clothes collected from various hospitals. Residents of adjoining Housing Board Colony complain that a walk along the shores and the Rajiv Rahadhari by-pass road is a horrible experience with heaps of garbage and pollution generated by burning it.

It may be recalled that the State Government has decided to develop the river front at a cost of Rs.500 crore for about 5-km. distance from the LMD shores. It was decided to construct retention wall along the river on either side and store water by constructing check dams and develop greenery.

N Srinivas, senior citizen, suggested that the government should remove the garbage dumping yard and other pollution causing units such as the new dhobi ghats along the shores before developing the river front.

The MCK, which is in the race for the Smart City status should focus on proper collection, segregation and disposal of garbage from the generating points, he says, complaining that majority of garbage is littered on the roads due to no proper collection.

However, the MCK authorities say that they had secured allocation of 10 acres of land in Muqdhoompur village on the outskirts of Karimnagar town for starting a new dumping yard. The new dumping yard would be developed at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore with lots of greenery and flowering plants to reduce the pollution.

However, the villagers of Muqdhoompur are against the setting up of dumping yard as their agricultural lands would be polluted.

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