Vasco residents hold cleanliness drive


Close on the heels of recent cleanliness drives in Panjim and Ponda, residents of Vasco decided to hold a similar drive in the port town.
Undeterred by an uncooperative Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC), social activist Alka Damle, who has been spearheading efforts to maintain cleanliness in Vasco, conducted an awareness rally on Saturday. College students and residents staged a rally in the city and also collected roadside garbage which was later dumped in the roadside MMC dustbins.
“Since the last one year, I am involved in these activities and I want to change the face of the port town by conducting such awareness and cleanliness activities with the help of residents and students,” Damle told Herald.
When asked if she had sought the assistance of the MMC in these cleanliness activities, Damle replied: “Every time I conduct such activities, I have written to the council, but we have failed to get any help from them.” 
Citing one such instance, Damle informed that she had written to MMC for assistance in a cleanliness drive.
“Chief Officer Agnelo Fernandes had directed the technical department to allot four labourers and two market inspectors to assist us in removing posters stuck on the walls. Despite directions from Fernandes, the technical department failed to depute the MMC officials to help us,” Damle added.
“We will continue to do our social work with the help of like minded citizens and college students,” said Damle. [H]