Cleanest City tag superficial: Dr Malali Vasanthakumar

 The writer speaking at a programme noted that a large number of areas in the city still battled the garbage menace which was not addressed by the MCC

Expressing his concern over the gradual decrease in Mysuru’s green cover and encroachment of lakes, writer Dr Malali Vasanthakumar noted that though the Mysuru City Corporation was basking in the glory of ‘Cleanest City’ tag, it had failed to clean the inner areas and had only focused on the areas that mattered to them. Most of the areas in the city were reeling under the fear of catching viral diseases due to lack of attention.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Karnataka Vichara Vedike, Mysuru, to celebrate the ‘Cleanest City’ tag, Dr Vasanthakumar said that mere keeping the city clean was not enough instead the corporation should also work towards protecting and preserving the lakes.

“The city which earlier was referred to as the city of lakes today hardly has only a few left. It is saddening that the people of Mysuru are not bothered about it,” he said.
He said that though at the outset Mysuru appears clean, the core of it was being destroyed. Rampant use of fertilisers and pesticides has robbed the fertile land of its fertility.

“Even if the land sharks would kill me, I shall raise my voice against the alarming rate at which the lakes are being encroached upon. About 20 percent of the Rayankere Lake on the outskirts of the city has been encroached upon. Factories manufacturing fluoride and other chemicals are polluting the environment. They continue to violate the norms by bribing the pollution control board,” he added.
Dr Vasanthakumar claimed that the factories were working hand in glove with the police officials who receive favour from the factory owners. These factories are thus the major cause of environmental pollution, he said.
On the occasion, Deputy Director, Department of Pre-university Education, K M Puttu and Franklin Christopher of Government Pre-University College, Vittalapur, were felicitated for their contribution in the field of education.
Social worker K Raghuram, District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Y D Rajanna, Kuvempu Kalaniketan President, D Prakash, Folklore scholar Besur Mohan Palegar and Karnataka Vichara Vedike, Mysuru, and president Hirimarali Dharmaraju were present.

 Dr Malali Vasanthakumar noted that the factories were hand in glove with the police and other authorities and continued to go scot free even after engaging in polluting the environment.

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