Signs warn litterbugs with snake threat in Karwar | Mangaluru News – Times of India

KARWAR: Unable to control littering in public places, Karwar City Municipal Council has adopted a new method to check the nuisance. It will put up signboards all over the city warning people about the presence of snakes in the respective areas so they do not litter.
It is a common practice in coastal Karnataka to put up such sign in private places indicating the presence of snakes. This is used to prevent people from trespassing in private places, protect valuables and horticulture produce and also check theft.
There are Nagarakatte (stone engravings of snake god) in almost all villages, and people not only worship them, but also keep their surroundings clean. Karwar CMC has spent crores of rupees to keep the city tidy. CMC vehicles criss-cross the city everyday to collect waste and rubble. Despite this, some people have keep undoing the efforts with their uncivil acts.
Karwar beach, one of the main tourist attractions in the state, is also littered by tourists. Liquor bottles and plastic covers of snacks are found everywhere. “It has become a Herculean task for us to keep the beach clean. Every day, we collect tonnes of garbage from public places. Despite our request not to dirty the city, some people continue to spoil its beauty. As a last resort, we have decided to put up the signboards with a warning that the area has snakes. We think at least 50% of people may heed our request fearing the snake god,” said a CMC official.
But there is criticism for the move too. Such boards in every nook and corner will send a wrong message to tourists that Karwar is the city of snakes. “We are looking forward to seeing Karwar as a major tourist spot, and an alternative to Goa. We cannot turn it in a ‘Fake Naga Loka’,” said Nandu Naik, an activist.

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