Udupi: August 1, 2015: The issue of illegal shops operating on the Manipal University campus figured in the general body meeting of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC).
Raising the issue, Prashanth Bhat, councillor, wanted to know the exact number of shops within the Kasturba Medical College campus. He demanded to know if these shops had municipal licences.
The meeting was informed that there were 68 shops within the KMC campus. But none of them had taken municipal licences for years. Of these 68 shops, 40 had now taken applications for licences. The remaining 20 shops were yet to take licences.
Mr. Bhat then demanded to know the number of shops functioning within the campus of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and if they had municipal licences for functioning.
Intervening, D. Manjunathayya directed the CMC officials to visit the entire Manipal University campus from Monday to Wednesday and collect the details of all shops and also if they had licences. A double penalty would be charged on these shops since the time they started functioning, he said.
Ramesh Kanchan, councillor, said that while the CMC had directed the Kasturba Hospital to make arrangements for parking vehicles of patients and their care-givers on its campus and disallowed parking on the Trauma Centre road, vehicles were now being parked on the opposite side.
Sumitra Nayak, councillor, said that almost all vehicles were parked on the road opposite to the trauma centre. Though it was a wide road, now only one four-wheeler could pass at a time through it due to the density of parked vehicles, she said.
Mr. Manjunathayya said that once the area on the opposite side was denotified by the district administration, steps would be taken to prevent the parking of vehicles on the other side of the road.
Meenakshi Bannanje, councillor, said that garbage was being thrown at the side of some roads in the city.
Raghavendra, environment engineer, said that only half of the roads within the city were covered by garbage collection scheme of the CMC, the remaining half was not because of their remoteness. The problem would be solved after bringing the entire city under integrated waste management scheme, he said.
P. Yuvaraj, CMC President, said that he would shortly call a meeting of President and Panchayat Development Officers of eight neighbouring Gram Panchayats to discuss garbage disposal problem.