Garbage Black Spot Identification campaign gets good response in Udupi

 Garbage Black Spot Identification campaign gets good response in Udupi
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The new look of black spot in Kodibettu

Udupi, Oct 19, 2021: It was once a place where people would fling their garbage. The filthy smell, dogs dragging the garbage to the streets had made people feel ‘allergic going near this place.

But now the same place at Kodibettu has got a ‘clean’ touch. It is now a small garden without various types of plants. The saplings are planted artistically and now attract people. Similar is the case in Koteshwara and Bommarabettu Panchayats where the Garbage Black Spots have been identified and cleared.

The Bommarabettu Blackspot Graden

The entire credit goes to the Garbage Black Spot Identification campaign initiated by the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) project of Udupi Zilla Panchayat. The campaign is an initiative to identify the Garbage Black Spots, especially on the roadside, near bus stands and rivers.

Every village has many open places where people dump garbage. Initially, only a few of them dispose of the garbage and later it turns out to be a mini dumping yard creating nuisance to the entire area. Finally, it would be a Black Spot in the village.

The Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) project of Udupi Zilla Panchayat took up the task of identifying such places and cleaning them. Until now over 150 Black Spots have been cleared in the district.

Saplings planted after clearing the blackspot at Koteshwar

People have identified many of these places and sent a message to the WhatsApp number 9483330564. While 42 of them were the Black Spots in Zilla Panchayat limits, the others were of Urban areas. The message has been conveyed to them.

Meanwhile, Gram Panchayats have identified over 100 Black Spots and have taken measures to clear them. In many places, the Panchayat administration has planted saplings and also installed CCTV Cameras, Banners, and signboards.
In some places, Panchayats have taken strict measures against those people who are seen throwing garbage in such black spots.

Siddapur Panchayat has imposed Rs 1,000 fine on those who threw garbage near the crematorium. Sanuru Panchayat has collected Rs 2,000 and Bada Gram Panchayat has collected Rs 2,000. At Kodibettu Panchayat, those who threw garbage were made to clear them. Alevoor Panchayat not only made the people clear the garbage which they disposed of but also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000.

People have been asked to provide information along with photos about people who dump garbage in public places. The details and photos can be sent to the WhatsApp number. Gram Panchayat will reward the informant and ensure secrecy.

Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr. Naveen Bhat has asked the support from the people in this clean drive campaign.

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