Concerns arise over maintenance of rejuvenated ponds in Mangaluru

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, May 23: Several major ponds in Mangaluru are undergoing rejuvenation as part of projects led by MUDA and the Mangaluru Smart City initiative. Close to 15 such ponds are slated for rejuvenation, with significant investments involved.

Projects such as Gujjarakere near Bolar, Bairady at Padil, and the Kavoor pond have been developed under these initiatives. However, concerns have arisen over the lack of proper maintenance, drawing criticism from locals and environmentalists.

Despite investments amounting to crores of rupees, ponds like Bairady, developed at a cost of Rs 3.30 crore, and Kavoor lake, costing Rs 8.5 crore under the Smart City project, have not been adequately maintained. Plastic bottles and waste have polluted the water in these ponds, leading to unsightly surroundings.

Locals have expressed disappointment, particularly regarding the condition of Bairady pond. Despite community efforts to clean it up in the past, the situation has worsened, with overgrown bushes, debris accumulation, and neglected children's play areas.

Similar issues plague the Kavoor pond, where water levels have decreased in some areas while pollution levels have risen in others. Residents allege that wastewater is being directed into the Kavoor pond, exacerbating the situation.





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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, May 23 2024

    Foremost, we the citizen and the facility users should be aware about our surroundings and behave in a clean manner. Who is throwing garbage around ? WE ! If we become responsible, everything will change. Make entry ticket compulsory so that each time one enters, he/she will remember about the theme cleanliness mentioned on the ticket. Employing cleaners requires funds. Let the funds generated be used for such workers.

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  • Marol, Udupi

    Thu, May 23 2024

    Public property, Public money. All is waste. No one to take care. Thank you and God bless each and every one of us.

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  • Fenandes, Mangalore

    Thu, May 23 2024

    Mangaluru smart city's mosquito breeding center, one of the prequalification for "smart city Plan" Any viral pandemic our district administration/ health admn , jump to securing the neighboring state boarder but blind to see these ponds pathetic condition.

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  • Roy Dsa, Mangalore

    Thu, May 23 2024

    It's not just this public utility . See the Kadri park . Drunkards and homeless people stray dogs are using the tables and benches. Nobody seems to be bothered. All this became two different governments are running the state mechanisms.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, May 23 2024

    After spending 8.5 Cr and 3.3 Cr, why not keep a security arond the pond to avoid garbage and one or two people for regular cleaning of premises which may cost 5 lakh rupees per year? May be babu's may need cut in that increasing it by 10 folds for such activity??

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