Mysuru, Oct 23: In a unique experiment, authorities have begun making efforts to convert Mysore City Corporation"s (MCC) Ward 18 in Kuvempunagar into a 'garbage-free' ward.
Towards achieving this objective, a diary will be kept in each of the ward's 13 booths for the pourakarmikas deployed in the area and staff of the garbage clearance vehicle to sign after the day"s work.
Also, the contact phone number of MCC officials responsible for garbage clearance will be publicised to help the people to contact them for maintaining cleanliness in the ward.
The 'garbage free' ward programme was launched during a padayatra of the area taken up by Krishnaraja MLA S A Ramdas and area corporator K V Mallesh on Wednesday. Mysore MP CH Vijayshankar also joined them.
Mr. Ramdas, who is also the Chief Minister"s parliamentary secretary, visited the area along with Mr. Mallesh and officials of various departments. He heard grievances related to drinking water, condition of roads, underground drainage system and electricity supply, besides condition of parks and police security in the area.
Mr. Ramdas directed the officials to take steps to remove weeds and parthenium from vacant sites in the locality. He also directed them to shift the Maramma Temple from the footpath of Panchamantra Road.
Mr. Ramdas said sewage flowed in front of the temple, and hence, there was a need to shift it. He also directed the officials to take up work to improve the Lava Kusha Park in the area and build a fountain. When people complained about anti-social activities taking place on the road behind Chikkamma Nikethana in Kuvempunagar I Block at night, Mr. Ramdas directed the officials to asphalt the road and asked the police to put an end to anti-social activities there.
He also asked the health officials of the Mysore City Corporation to explore the possibility of establishing an ayurvedic centre on a vacant site near EWS Quarters behind New Kantharaj Urs Road to mark Mysore Ayurvedic College"s centenary celebrations.
Later, at a public meeting held at Veene Sheshanna Bhavan, Mr. Ramdas heard the grievances of the people and accepted applications from them.