Stating that most Ministers prefer visiting temples and perform groundbreaking ceremonies for new projects and works, former MLC D. Madegowda said that District Minister S.T. Somashekar has displayed his commitment towards maintaining hygiene and cleanliness by visiting the Zero Waste Management Plant at Kumbarakoppal in the city. Madegowda was speaking at the stage program that was held after Somashekar’s visit to the plant.

Opining that Mysuru is fortunate to have an active Minster like S.T. Somashekar, Madegowda said that Mysuru had earlier bagged the cleanest city tag for two consecutive years. But in recent years, Mysuru has slipped in rankings. However, with an active District In-charge Minister, Mysuru has a better chance of regaining the cleanest city tag, he said and called for a Swacch Sarvekshan of the city involving people’s representatives, officials, teachers, and Policemen, as such a move will help create a better civic sense among the population.

Regretting that the residents are indifferent towards following proper measures for waste segregation at the source, Madegowda said that there is a need for sensitizing the public on the fact that good revenue can be generated from wastes too by converting them into bio-fertilizers. He further said that such a Zero Waste Management Plant will be set up in Bengaluru too, for which suggestions of D. Madegowda will be sought. Chamundeshwari MLA G.T. Devegowda in his address said that there is no doubt that the untiring efforts of the District Minister for ensuring that the city regains the cleanest city tag, will bear fruit.

He further said that Co-operation Minister S.T. Somashekar is perhaps the only Minister in the Cabinet to have toured the entire state twice for hearing the grievances of the people. As the District Minister, Somashekar is periodically touring the district to ensure that the district records rapid industrial and overall growth.

Prof. K.S. Nagapathi of Federation of MCC Ward Parliament said that the Federation, with a workforce of 60 civic workers, is engaged in collecting wastes daily from 1,200 homes of the city. Pointing out that the Kumbarakoppal Zero Waste Management Plant has taken up the Responsibility of maintaining waste collection vehicles, he maintained that the Federation is striving hard for keeping the city clean.

District Minister S.T. Somashekar released a handbook on ‘Solid waste management with community participation’ on the occasion. MUDA Chairman H.V. Rajeev, MUDA Commissioner Dr.D.B. Natesh, MCC Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde, City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta, and other officials were present.

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