Mangaluru, May 30, 2016: As per reports the "Mini Vidhana Soudha" inaugurated at Hampankatta here in November 2015 has no building licence from the city corporation, according to the reply following a query under the Right to Information Act.
In reply to an application filed by activist Sunil S Vas, the public information officer in the town planning section of the MCC, Mangaluru City Corporation said that the authorities concerned have not obtained a building licence for construction of the Mini Vidhana Soudha. The corporation clarified it has no records pertaining to this building, which was sanctioned during H D Kumaraswamy’s tenure as chief minister in 2007. Built at a cost of Rs 10.26 crore, the Soudha houses the DK taluk office, assistant commissioner’s office, offices of the sub-registrar and land records, ’padasale’ of the revenue department at present.
Sunil S Vas said he submitted an RTI application seeking information regarding Mini Vidhana Soudha on April 21. Seeking details of building licence, plan, occupancy certificate, completion certificate and other documents. The MCC informed me in its May 18 reply that they have no records pertaining to the Mini Vidhana Soudha since the building has not applied for for a licence. He has been asking how a building can be made functional without obtaining the mandatory licence from the corporation.
All government and private buildings have to obtain a licence from the city corporation. Meanwhile, the department of public works on May 23 said in reply to another RTI application that the department took up construction work as per the government approval of 2007. They further said the building has no occupancy certificate.