Mangaluru: Daily commuters from Jyothi Circle mostly those availing bus service from the junction have been encountering noxious smell as they wait for their buses. The reason behind this putrid smell are multiple overflowing drainages which has so far largely eloped the attention of administration.

The smell is largely caused by two main drainages that have been overflowing especially during the evening prime time when the junction remains the busiest. One drainage sewer at the main junction opposite to KMC Hospital and the other one near the gates of Jyothi Talkies.

The overflowing of water from the drainage near Jyothi Talkies flow near the Jyothi bus stand which is also one of the busiest city bus’ stop in the city. Senior citizens awaiting their buses complain of breathing problems while others are afraid to breath for a long time near the bus stop.

“This is dangerous and the administration should immediately address this. Thousands of people wait for buses here at this bus stop. The overflowing drainages are compromising the health of these people” Dhananjay Shetty, a daily commuter who boards his bus to Karkala told Vartha Bharati.

“The problem exists from several months. But it however managed to successfully stay away from the attention of MCC officials. This needs to be addressed at the earliest, this is easily one of the busiest roads in the city during evening hours. And people commuting the road are facing inconvenience. It is high-time the administration should repair and stop the overflow” Sumith Bhat, a student of a private college in the city who boards bus from Jyothi Circle said.

Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner, Ajith Shanadi, while speaking to Vartha Bharati over phone call added that the administration was aware of the issue and promised action to repair the overflowing drainage within a week.

“We know about the issue and we will soon start the work in this regard” Ajith noted. Asked by when the issue will be sorted, Ajith said “This will be resolved within a week. A team will be assigned the task to resolve the issue and it will initiate action in a couple of days”.

When contacted the ward councilor A C Vinayraj, had a different story to tell. Vinayraj blamed Ajith Shanadi and added that the MCC Commissioner was not co-operating to resolve the issue.

“I have been pressing the MCC officials to resolve the issue from last four months but they are not paying attention to this. I have threatened them to stage protest and “Rasta Roko” drive if they don’t resolve it within a week. They have promised me to repair it in two days. The people of the ward are ready for protest” Vinayraj told Vartha Bharati over phone call.

"When I enquire about the issue with junior engineers, they play blame game and ultimately they blame Ajith Shanadi for not approving the repair work citing lack of funds" Vinayraj alleged.

It will be interesting to see if the MCC administration can deliver on its promise of resolving the issue within a week for the best interest of the people who are facing inconvenience due to the overflowing drainage.

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Kanpur, Jan 22: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday criticised the ongoing protests against the new citizenship law, saying it is "shameful" that the men sitting in the comfort of their homes have sent the women and children out on the streets to agitate.

Addressing a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Kanpur, Adityanath said, "These people do not have courage to participate in the protests themselves. They know if they indulge in vandalism, their property will be seized. Now what have they done?

"They started making the women sit at roads. The children have been made to sit. It's such a big crime that the men are sleeping under the quilt and the women are made to sit at roads. It is shameful," he said.

At several places, including in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh and in Lucknow, women have been leading the protest against the law, alleging it is discriminatory and fearing it targets the Muslim community.

Some of the protests turned violent in Uttar Pradesh last month in which about 20 people died and the Adityanath government cracked down on those who indulged in arson. The UP government issued notices to the protesters, seeking compensation for the damage they caused to the public property.

The central government has defended the law, saying it grants citizenship to religious minorities escaping persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and who have come to India by December 31, 2014. It has reassured people that the new law does not take anyone's citizenship.

On Wednesday, Adityanath also accused the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Left parties of doing politics at the cost of the nation.

"Those who do not know what the CAA is are staging sit-ins. If you go and ask anyone why are they sitting on 'dharna', they will say the men of the house feel that they have become so incompetent that they cannot do anything, so they want the women to go and sit on 'dharna'.

"For them, the country is not important. The Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis are not important. Now, for the Congress, even the Christians are not important. And they have said the protests will continue against the CAA until the ISI agents are given entry into India," he alleged, adding, "This is a shameful statement made by Congress leaders".

He said protesting peacefully is everyone's right but if a person damages public property, "we will recover the damage caused from that person's property and will punish them so that the next generation remembers it."

"I would like to say from the soil of India, and especially from the soil of Uttar Pradesh, that if pro-azadi slogans are raised here in the name of protests, like there used to be in Kashmir, then it will come in the category of sedition and stringent action will be taken by the government," Adityanath said.

Nobody will be allowed to hatch conspiracy against India while living in India, he added.