Corporator worked with pourakarmikas to create awareness
Mysuru is awarded as the cleanest city of the country. Not once, but twice. It is not easy to maintain such cleanliness in a city having population over a million. But Mysuru having a vast population has achieved the feat and is the first open defecation-free city of India. As a result of the great work done by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and the citizens of Mysuru, the city has maintained its beauty even after the 11-day-long mega event, Mysuru Dasara.
It has been a great work done by the administration to maintain the cleanliness of the city. Every day, thousands of tourists had visited Mysuru and were seen strewing plastic bottles, food packets and what not in the city and the premises of the Mysuru Palace. But the very next day, the city was appearing afresh! It was possible due to the work done by the poura karmikas.
“We have employed 780 additional poura karmikas than we had in the MCC for 13 days. They were working for 24 hours a day in shift till the end of the Dasara. Regular Poura Karmikas and the additional 780 workers have toiled really hard to maintain the cleanliness. Even the officials of MCC were working till 2:00 am at night to ensure the city’s cleanliness for the next day,” said Commissioner of MCC, G Jagadeesha.
“We had decided that the cleaning process should be done every night and not to wait for the next day. Even after Dasara, we are giving higher priority to the cleaning process. After being awarded as the cleanest city twice, it has doubled our responsibility,” he added.
Speaking to City Today, Shashikala, a visitor from Mangaluru said: “On the way to Mysuru, we came across a lot of garbage in Madikeri town, which can be said as the aftermath of the Madikeri Dasara. We thought that the condition of Mysuru would be worse as it is much larger and the Mysuru Dasara is worldly known. For our surprise, the city was very clean and well maintained.”
Along with officials, the corporators also worked hard. M Sunil, corporator of ward 10 had worked wearing the uniform of the poura karmikas to ensure the cleanliness of the city. “I sweep the roads of my ward every day. It has been an exercise and daily practice for me. People come to me to share the problems they have and it eases to solve their queries. It is important to work than telling the people to maintain cleanliness. Children were coming to us and were giving chocolates and food rappers to us. It is important to make the children aware of maintaining the cleanliness as they are our future,” said Sunil, Corporator.
“Every ward needs at least 50 poura karmikas, but we possess only about 25 of them. To help them, I started working with them. It is also a kind of request to provide the wards with more of them and to make people to have respect towards the poura karmikas as they are also human beings like us. The cleaning work we had done on Jumboo Savari evening had garnered a good response and awareness among the public,” said Sunil.
– By Shreeharsha CM