Mangaluru: Netravati riverbank getting polluted due to open defecation

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 4: Because of the sand workers on the bank of Farangipet Innoli rivulet, the riverbank is becoming polluted. This has also been impeding the enthusiasm of those who want to pick seashells. The locals point out that this is against the vision for a clean India.

After a confusion lasting several months, the issue of sand shortage was settled. Like last year, this year too sand extraction has started from Farangipet Inoli rivulet bank. Hundreds of workers from other states are engaged in this work. They have pitched tents there and are staying there. As there is no arrangements for their daily ablutions, they resort to open defecation. They do this on the riverbank. As a result, the faeces and urine have polluted River Netravati.

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Now is the season of sea shells. Many people come here from far off places for this activity. But they get disheartened at the sand extraction that is in full flow, and the nauseating and stinky riverbank. A drinking water dam is being built at Harekala, and if this situation continues, the people may have to drink the water contaminated by the human discharges. The open defecation also harms the aqua animals and the environment.

It is clear that workers from other states are polluting the river. The department of mines issues licences for sand extraction. There is lot of lobbying as the activity is profitable. In such a scenario, who has to own the responsibility of making proper arrangement for the workers? Why the government or district administration cannot issue directions to the sand contractors who remove sand, to keep the area clean, the people wonder.

Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Dr Rajendra K V, said he will ask labour department officials to study the conditions under which the workers engaged for sand extraction are functioning and what facilities are provided to them.








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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Someone commented here earlier about Modi toilet program. If that money invested in hospitals and its governance, thousands of lives could have been saved.

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  • Richard, India

    Tue, May 04 2021

    If this is the drinking water of the city , then please connect the supply to the house of local politicians house . Selling sand license is another racket like the toll gates.

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  • Gibbs, Udupi/Kuwait

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Government must ensure to include certain facilities and conditions for labour before extracting sand. Contractor must ensure accommodation and toilet facilities for all Labourers at site and Government officials must ensure its implementation. What is happening in Contracts is PROPER IMPLEMENTATION of rules and regulations for receiving BRIBE by officials!!!

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    You are right, but these people never change their habits. if you get them a toilet they will sell it.

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Plastic bags, chemical waste from factories, open defecation and construction work. Our rivers are being plundered and abused in a bad way.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Swachch Bharat Abhiyan only on 15th August 2014 ?? What happened to the funds reserved from the taxes ? GULLMMMM ??

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Stop employing those people and give those jobs to our people instead. They should not provide any facilities for them and send them to their own state

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    never thought sand will earn so much... same as gold business.

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  • arm, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Migrant workers migrated with their Habits

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  • Shiva, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Some people do not understand basic things. Yes,We need to work for our daily food,But in return we are not supposed to spoil the nature like this There might be some big people behind this and these money minded people do not care for any thing. except their Business,their own life n luxury & then their family The only solution to this is to bring HITLER Policy,Make these influential people shut shut their illegal activities under gun point.Else these Highly Super Rich people will never understand the consequence and these poor labourers will be working under blindfold risking life. ದಂಡಂ ದಶಗುಣಂ is the only way we can correct these Mafia Goons

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