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As Onam festival nears end, Garbage becomes an issue of concern for People in Kerala

Due to the Onam festival there is 25 percent increase in daily waste collection

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  • There is 25 percent in daily waste collection due to Onam festival
  • NGO, named VIVO is taking personal initiative to cleaning up the city
  • Thiruvananthapuram corporation is aiming to make city plastic bag free by January 26

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 19, 2016: As 10-day long Onam festival in Kerala comes to an end, garbage is the foremost challenge to the people and government of state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. The corporation has been working in shifts to ensure the public places are cleaned but that is not sufficient.

The government has to take special initiative to do something regarding garbage issue because it will support the increase in diseases.

“Dog bites are common issue in Kerala but scattered garbage is deteriorating it and inviting couple of diseases,” said a local student to NDTV.

VIVO- an NGO of young volunteers in Thiruvananthapuram took up the initiative to clean Kannakakunnu Place ground where Onam festival happened. This place was visited by lakhs of people during Onam celebrations. But this place has now transmuted into garbage ground.

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NDTV reports mentioned, “Personal initiative by a group of young volunteers is highly admirable. They are doing a great job. We need more such people who are passionate about their city. They are setting up the right example to a government and people. But the problem is within few hours the place will be full of garbage again,” said a local resident.

“Due to the Onam festival there is 25 percent increase in daily waste collection,” said Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.

“Plastic is the biggest challenge. We need to spread awareness among people regarding plastic use issues. People just use it and through all around. We have to go for a proper mechanism. We are also aiming to make city plastic bag free by January 26,” said VK Prasharth, the corporation mayor to NDTV.

– prepared by Aakash Mandyal of News Gram. Twitter: @Aakashsen6

 

 

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  • Antara

    This waste-issue should be resolved soon!

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Garbage issue can be sorted out only by taking personal initiative. We have to join hands with government to resolve it. Alone Government can do nothing.

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“This gives us a better appreciation of how social reactions to infectious diseases can influence which strains become prominent in the population,” Bauch added.

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