Mysore, June 12 (KK&KMC)- An ambitious project to make the city debris-free was launched on a massive scale this morning.

The two-day intensive drive to remove debris and other wastes piled along the roads all over the city was formally launched by Mayor Sandesh Swamy at Doddakere Maidan (near Dasara Exhibition Grounds) in the presence of Deputy Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, MCC Commissioner K.S. Raikar, Corporators, officials and others.

The debris-removal operation involved 70 JCB excavators and 120 tipper-trucks, provided free of cost by Mysore City Lorry Owners’ Association and Mysore City Contractors’ Association. Mysore City Corporation (MCC) only has to pay for the labour-wages for the two-day operation.

Speaking on the occasion, Sandesh Swamy, who initiated the programme, said that all efforts are being made to retain the title of Swachcha Nagar recently bestowed upon Mysore (second cleanest city in India after Chandigarh), by keeping the city clean and debris-free.

"The MCC collects cess for debris removal from house-owners before construction of their houses. As such, it is the duty of the MCC to remove the debris,” said Sandesh Swamy and added that the citizens need not pay for the ongoing debris-removal drive. He also thanked the Lorry Owners’ Association President B. Kodandaram for providing the lorries and Contractors’ Association President Chandrashekharaiah for providing the excavators.

In reply to a query from the press about the MCC’s lapse in debris-removal in the past, the Mayor said that the process is being regularised now and a project worth Rs. 15 crore has been submitted to the State Government for approval. "The proposed project comprises 12 packages of civic works namely debris-removal, cleaning of drains, garbage management, evicting footpath encroachments, disposal of animal carcasses, etc.," he said.

The excavators and trucks were later taken by the Corporators to their respective wards where debris and other wastes were loaded onto lorries, transported to city’s outskirts and dumped in the low-lying areas in Bogadi, Outer Ring Road, Udayagiri and other places. Today’s operation will last till 6 pm and tomorrow, the drive will begin from 6 am to 6 pm.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore