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Aruna Rai
By: Hareesh Kumar Hejmady
Heaps of litter on the beach at Hejamady Kodi estuary
Padubidri, July 25th, 2016:  The beach area of Hejmady Kodi estuary, locally known as "Aleeve Kodi", where river Shambhavi and rivulet Nandini flows into the Arabian sea is filled with tons of litter and people are finding it too difficult to walk in the area due to the bad smell.In monsoon season, it is a common sight as the flowing rain water brings a lot of litter.  However, this year it has been highest and that is what worrying the locals.

Unlike other waste, the highest amount of plastic waste found this time, does not dissolve in the sea waer and there is no other way but to clear it off through proper waste disposal managment.  Locals are urging the administration to bury  in the sand at least.
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The rain water and the turbulent waves have added the litter from far off places.  Locals also allege that the shopkeepers selling tender coconuts and other items dump the litter into the river.  Stagnate water in the large number of tender coconut shells are causing an increase in mosquito population.  Also, quite a large amount of glass bottles, especially the liquor bottles, were found as they have no scrap value.
The local fishermen have expressed their concern that an increase in such litter could adversely affect fish population in the area.  Normally during such occasions, there is a phenomenon called 'Palke' in Tulu language, during which local traditional country boat fishermen catch a large amount of fish.  But this time, there is no such occurence.  People are suruprised at the amount of trash washed ashore this time.