L'Express (Port Louis)

16 January 2013

Mauritius: Garbage Piles and Deadly Mosquitoes Across the Country

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Nothing is being done by either the Municipality of Port-Louis or the District Councils to clear our towns and rural areas of the piles of garbage stacked on both sides of our highways across the country.

Something is indeed rotten in the system of refuse or garbage collection by the Municipality of Port-Louis and the District Councils. The garbage collection and effective disposal of such waste is a duty owed to ratepayers by Local Government.

Huge garbage piles, increasing in size by the day, in most of our towns and rural areas, have become an increasingly common sight on our highways.

To single out one of those garbage spots, let us, for instance, look at the degrading scene of our rivers and canals in Port- Louis and certain outskirts of the capital, such as Abercrombie, Montagne- Longue and Roche-Bois.

People keep dumping all sorts of garbage, old tyres and dead pets in the canal without any consideration for nearby residents.

Today, these canals are breeding places for mosquitoes, bluebottle flies and rats. This is unacceptable and yet nothing is being done about it.

The collection and disposal of garbage should top the priority lists of the Municipality of Port Louis and the District Councils. But nothing is being done so far.

Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that certain Mauritians are far from being people with a strong environmental awareness. Contamination may be all around them, but they could not be bothered by the danger. A very pitiable condition to be in, one may say.

The Central government should constantly monitor all Local Government Councils which, at times, play truant on the garbage crisis. However, an energized drive should also be launched to jolt the public out of its slumberous insensitivity to environmental problems. Cleanliness, it must be remembered, is next to godliness.

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