Mangaluru: Pacchanady garbage landslide - Havoc continues

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Aug 14: Mandara area of Pacchanady in the city, which was once covered with lush green plants, is fully submerged now due to the garbage landslide. Last week, due to heavy rainfall, garbage at the dumping yard at Pacchanady suffered severe landslide, which damaged the nearby farmland and houses.

Around 10 acres of area consisting of houses, areca nut trees and coconut trees is completely submerged under heaps of garbage. It is said that the garbage is nearly 20 years old and the residents in the nearby areas are living in a pathetic state, unable to bear the stench of the garbage.

The garbage has flown to a distance of up to two kilometres and the havoc is expected to continue as more rain is expected in coming days.

Deputy commissioner Sasikant Senthil, MLAs Bharath Y Shetty and Umanath Kotian and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel have visited the spot and were shocked to see the havoc caused due to the garbage landslide.

Close to 5,000 areca trees, 1,000 coconut trees have been submerged under the garbage. The garbage landslide does not seem to be stopping and expected to swallow more agricultural land.

District administration has made arrangement, on a temporary basis, for the residents of Mandara area at Baithurli. Even the drains and wells close by are contaminated completely and sewage water is flowing at high speed.

The entire Mandara area is emanating foul smell and the residents are shedding tears of pain of losing their houses and land and are made to shift to other places forsaking their own houses.

Even the health officials are frequently visiting the spot and conducting various tests of water and monitoring health issues. District administration will now have to take the measures to provide compensation for the residents of Mandara.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Mandara Rajesh Bhat said, “Since one week, the garbage landslide has swallowed more than 10 acres of agricultural land. The 120 years old house, belonging to Mandara Bhat is totally submerged. This has happened due to the unscientific garbage disposal at Pacchanady. The garbage is not only collected from Mangaluru, but also from Bantwal, Manjeshwar, Ullal and other parts and dumped at Pacchanady. Earlier too, we have alerted the officials regarding this dumping yard but they seem to neglect the issue and did not take our alert very seriously.”

Social worker Ravindra Nayak Kudupu took to task the officials of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) for the inconvenience that is caused to the locals living in the area around the garbage dumping yard at Pacchanady due to the irresponsibility of the MCC. The locals spat reportedly even on the face of Dr Manjaiah Shetty, health officer of MCC.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said, “Since last week, we have witnessed the Pacchanady garbage land slide. Due to unscientific garbage disposal, the then government has not taken proper measures. The district in-charge minister failed to notice the problem and the then mayors also have not maintained it properly nor found solution to avoid such ‘man made’ calamity.

“The deputy commissioner will send a team to analyse the situation and find a permanent solution which can be more effective. Compensation should be given immediately. Based upon the detailed report given by the team, we will see how we can bring the situation to normalcy and avoid such calamities in future days,” he said.

MLAs Vedavyas Kamath and Dr Bharath Y Shetty were also present.


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  • Roman Mascarenhas, Kelmbet/KOLALGIRI

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Even garbage transport by vehicles not properly done. Yesterday I was driving behind a garbage vehicle between Ambagilu and Karavali junction udupi. The vehicle was filled with garbage but not covered and plastic bags filled with garbage falling on the road and dogs waiting to open the bags. Such is the carelessness.

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  • ZJN, Muscat

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Wow congratulations to all of us for contributing successful for this disaster!!!!! When we educate people to reduce plastic use as much as we can, people always revert with pathetic answer ' what difference one person can make' !!!!! Indians spend millions on buying gold just to store in lockers but when it comes to buy bio disposal bags, they count the peanuts!!! When two/three big reusable bags can accommodate all our weekly groceries, we demand each bag for single item that we buy!!!! and the list of our contribution to environment disaster are endless..... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After all these significant contribution, we expect the 'environment /nature to treat us fairly!!!!
    Sad part is its always the villagers who worship and protect nature, pay price for city people's arrogance!!!!

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  • Zahoor Ahmed, Karkal

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Forget all, say vande mataram.

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  • Petkammi, Kudla/ USA

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Keep using Plastic and disposable stuff like there is no tomorrow.

    Worship rivers Netravati, Nandini, Shambhavi as Gods in the Morning and stop your bikes in the darkness of night and throw plastic, polyester cloths. into them....

    Keep buying cheap plastic things without understanding what is needed to dispose it off....demand plastic bags for a KG of grocery that is already in plastic...

    The Karavali I had seen during childhood days were serene and made me proud....

    The Karavali of today is garbage :..(

    Our ancestors worshipped rivers (Ganga, Sindhu, Saraswati..) Mountains (Meru, Vindhya, Himalaya, )...forests (Dhandaka, Kamyaka, Kandava, Naimisha)......and maintained them for thousands of years....we destroyed them in half a generation

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  • NN, NN

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Stop contributing to God but contribute to a designated fund from which the money can be used to send the expert team to Singapore and study their garbage disposal system. You will be surprised. Do not count on government or politicians for help. You may too little help too late. Also, it will make some of them rich. It is the time that philanthropists and generous people think out of the box. God can wait.

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Let’s all join with the locals to invite all present and past (from 20 years) MP's, MLA's Mayors, DC's, officials from the famous and prestigious Mangalore corporation to inaugurate smart city, honor them and convert that titled house seen in the pictures greeted by the pile of garbage as the smart city office of Mangalore. Heights of corruption & lack of governance...!. Divided by politicians & religion we stand to see this mess.

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    I am totally with the residents of Pacchanadi and their sufferings due to garbage landslide.Very pathetic.This is not the natural calamity but man made calamity due to the sheer negligence of the concerned authorities,officials and department and unethical,unscientific method of disposing garbage in Pacchanadi without taking into consideration of implications,sufferings of the people residing nearby.They have almost lost many years of their efforts,hard earned money.
    Now at this juncture visiting,passing comments and blame games does not serve the purpose.Here we need the solution for the problem.It is always easy to comment,blame each other like "it is easier said than done".
    This is the result of gross negligence by waste/garbage disposal management department of municipal corporation.This is not the one day or two days problem.This problem has been prevailing,persisting for the past several years.The authorities who were supposed to take action on this,closed their eyes and kept silently without taking any adequate action on this.Ridiculous.These are all the symptoms of developing smart city.Damage due to garbage landslide is heavy and residents are in particular more worried because they lost all their earnings.An early solution for this damage by the concerned department is highly appreciated.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    MP is already washing his hands saying previous govt responsible for Pachhanady stink and garbage overflow...just imagine the number of mosquitoes also breeding there

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  • Mangalorean, MANGALURU

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Archive this article and keep it. Check it exactly after an year when again rains will cause the same issues, nothing would have changed. It's easy to sit in AC homes and blame others. What does our honourable MP mean when he says mistake of the previous govt? What was the MP doing then? I am sure this issue would have come to his notice a million times. If it did, why din he do anything about it? If it didn't then he doesn't deserve to be the MP for not knowing such a big problem in such a small city...shame...!!!

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  • Blind Bhukkth, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Modi! Modi! Modi! Modi! Modi! Jai BJPeeeee.. Jai karnataka. Vote for Nalin Kateel for another term. The garbage will reach Netravathi from Pacchanady, to the sounds of the Dhol.

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  • Nithin Poojary, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Mangalorean's let's stop using plastic....

    If we are going to purchase Fish let's take a Steel tiffin carrier.
    Let's carry cloth bags if we are going to purchase Vegetables, Fruits etc etc.

    Let's make life easy for each other.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    This is the state of affairs. I hope the people residing at Pacchanady don't curse the people of Mangalore creating such a situation that these have to live in stink. Pacchanady garbage dumping is bloated and it is a emergency situation. Who will pay for the damage happened to house to landslide of garbage. Shame on our leaders and govt servants.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    I thought mangalore was world's 7 best city to live in as per some survey (which no one had heard of), even beating Dubai or Scandinavian cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo etc.?
    Seriously mangagalauru has a stink on its plate...

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  • raj, Udpi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    What Mr. MP is Doing there...

    Making a Smart City in Progress ha....?

    Don't Know how to dispose of the waste, what can we expect from this kind of Elected people.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    The living example of 'Swach Bharath' from the city picked for 'Smart city' without proper waste management plans.
    It is time for Mangaloreans think how much BJP has given to this city as 'Development' since 1991 for 25 long years?
    Israel is a small nation found environmental friendly ways to recycle solid waste into resources. They have also invented alternate plastic but biodegradable.

    But only in Mangalore, pub attack, cow chase, love jihad, church attack, moral police gets priority.

    Jai Hind

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  • Vivian Mendonca, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Smart city ...... very smart !!!!

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Very sad and grim situation. Cannot imagine of such thing in Namma Kudla. It is wake up call to everyone of things to come in future.

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  • dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Feeling very sorry for the residents of the Mandara area. The corporation should house the residents in a hotel for sometime till things are settled and if it is a permanent problem the residents should he given land in some other place. If land cannot be given then some compensation given. The CM should have visited the place.

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    This is not acceptable... heads must roll

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    create a garbage conversion plant in every city will not only solve this problem but create more employment.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    SBM sir,
    Please don't give ideas to them. Now they will start thinking how much percentage they will get in installation.

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