Mysore, May 9 (KK&KMC) – A drive to clean up the garbage around Sri Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi hill was launched by members of Parisara Jagruthi Samithi, a city-based organisation of environmentalists this morning.

Members of the organisation picked up garbage from the temple area and after segregating the organic and non-biodegradable wastes separately, put them in the dust-bins, which however were already full to the brim.

A group of tourists visiting the famous shrine, speaking to Star of Mysore, expressed surprise over the indifference of the authorities concerned towards the cleanliness and hygiene at the temple premises.

“We had read a lot about this temple in Mysore and so we came here with great expectations. But it is disappointing to see the piles of garbage right beside the shrine,” said Sanjeev Chopra, a tourist from Delhi and questioned as to why the civic authorities failed to tackle the garbage menace despite earning good revenue through tourism.

Disregard for rules

Though there are signboards saying that plastic bags are banned on the hill shrine, heaps of plastic can be seen strewn in the vicinity. Plastic carry bags are rampantly used by almost all the traders around the temple, flouting all the norms. "Toll collection seems to be the only activity going on unhindered at the temple area," wondered a local devotee who visits the shrine every week.

The members of the Samithi said that though they could not remove the entire area of its garbage, they wanted to initiate the process of cleaning the temple area and spread awareness among the devotees and tourists who are flocking the shrine in large numbers this weekend.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore