Mangalore: Dust pollution at Panambur worries residents, visitors

Deekshith D V
Pics: Meryick D’Silva
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, May 21: Panambur beach is a popular destination for those seeking some relaxation and recreation. But the road leading to the beach from the National Highway is in pathetic condition. Visitors should hold their breath to keep from inhaling the polluted air on the beach road.

The beach road is also used by several trucks carrying coal, urea, and lime stone powder from NMPT producing dust, and spilling it all over the road carrying out direct and indirect environment pollution.

Though there are norms to be followed while transporting the coal, these are not adhered to and often coal is loaded well above the normal height of carriage permitted.

Asha Ramesh, who used to visit the beach frequently, said, “During weekends, I come along with my husband and children. We enjoy here but the road leading to the beach is really horrible and very dusty. We really don’t feel like coming to the beach because of the road.”

Prashanth, who came along with friends after walking from the highway till the beach, complained that his eyes began itching due to the dust.

Santhosh, former corporator, said, “People cannot walk on this road. Several bike riders have slipped and got injured because of spilled urea from the trucks. NMPT is not taking any initiative to prevent this dust.”

An auto rickshaw driver, who wished to remain anonymous, complained that he has to clean his vehicle every time he comes here as the auto would rust due to chemicals spilled on the road.

Though the NMPT authorities sprinkle water on the road to help the dust settle, it is of no use. Due to the scorching heat, the water dries up very soon. The sprinkled water does not flow into the drains as they are filled with waste. Though there have been several media reports about this, the pathetic condition remains unchanged.

Despite thousands of visitors rushing to Panambur beach to spend their leisure time, the road remains unchanged over the years. The coal heap reaches above the wall and leads to suspension of coal particles due to winds.

When Daijiworld contacted NMPT authorities, they said that due to water shortage they could not sprinkle sufficient water.


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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Fri, May 23 2014

    clear evidence to show how we are naintaining the nature. screwing it left and right and above that crashing the health of a common man like this. Just look at the road condition. OMG. It's some time I been to this side. It was worst few years before itself and now, not sure what to say above worst. We are claiming we are proud of Mangalore, good beaches, tourism and all. we should be ashamed of ourselves. Now, may be one of the key area for our new BJP leader Mr. Nalin. Please have a look on this and see what best could be done. Put all expenses to these company owners who are using this road. let them have a separate lane for their trips carrying these coal, mine and all. Let the old road be for public approaching the beach, just for them. Start taking some strict actions Nalin, we the public are with you.

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  • Willy, Mangalore

    Thu, May 22 2014

    Now let BJP solve this problem and many other problem of the nation, then only you can get one more term. Fulfill the dreams of entire India.

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  • Ken, M'lore/Alaska

    Thu, May 22 2014

    why is that no one is even bothered to implement a rule that the trucks carrying these stuff that could cause dust, pollution and spillage on the way have to covered.. its just a simple solution.. How much is it going to cost to have a plastic sheet spread in the truck..? the owners and the companies using these trucks should take responsibility.

    However its INDIA no one care ..everyone just talks.. locals should gather and stop the trucks until they are covered.. when the companies face losses due to non transport they will be forced to do something.

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  • mohan moodbidri, moodbidri

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Is this the Gateway of Mangalore? really a questionable one. Moreover, the same way to our great Panambur Beach, its a worst experience and tourism department does not look into this issue. The problem arises due to Port & BEach are situated on the same way. When this problems will be rectified?

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  • marol, udupi

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Already we are crossing the danger mark with regard to such pollution issues. Each one is responsible in one or the other way. Therefore individual and collective responsibility binds us all to solve all these man made disasters. No blame game save our life and surely we dig our own death unless we wake up and take constructive actions which protect our environment and preserve our universe. Thank you and God bless each one of us.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Prem, Same man was BJP MP for the last 5 years! Do you expect anything new in next 5 years???

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Looks like a 'Dust to Dust' affair
    in the strictest sense of the term,
    from a very pertinent article by
    Deekshit D.V.Time everybody concerned sat up and took notice.
    Responsibility of all concerned to protect the environment.
    Good one D.V. Keep it up!

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  • Ibrahim, Sharjah

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Dear Health Dept.,
    If you see this article then please take appropriate action for picture number 17.

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  • Prem.P.R., mangalore

    Wed, May 21 2014

    The new BJP govt should do something to avoid this man made pollution & dumping waste here & there, plastics & so on. Mines & sand trucks must be covered properly so that no harm to happen the visitors, public and workers. All the newly elected leaders please do the needful instead of waiting to get minister's post in cabinet.

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  • Rafi Ahmed, U A E / Mangalore

    Wed, May 21 2014

    we fight each other on communal cause, only to gain votes, we should join together to save our nation by joining hands on these type of things to be safe and clean city and also to save people from diseases, hats off Daiji for the coverage and also do something (prevention plan)to eradicate this type of pollution forever, we all join with you.

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  • vivian, dubai

    Wed, May 21 2014

    This is Negligence of MCC and our great politicians. If they impose huge fine like gulf countries for polluting street everything will be under control.

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  • Prem, mangalore

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Now new PM has come....all these problems will be resolved.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Wed, May 21 2014

    Thankyou Deekshith D V and Daiji.

    Now its time to NMPT make some sense. at least for public lives

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