Mangaluru, Aug 19, 2015: MCC - Mangaluru city corporation has directed property owners along the high way from Thumbe in Bantwal taluk up to the city to clear debris, waste or any other form of encroachment they may have caused within 2 weeks.
Debris dumped by property owners on the two pipelines that bring water from the vented dam at Thumbe to the underground reservoirs in the city to gain access to their property is a hindrance preventing MCC from effectively maintaining pipelines.
MCC in-charge commissioner and deputy commissioner (administration) Gokuldas Nayak said if property owners fail to meet the above deadline, the civic body will register criminal complaints against them and proceed against them legally. People wanting to gain access to their property must construct a culvert above these water pipelines as per design approved by structural engineers based on Indian Road Congress guidelines for such projects, Gokuldas Nayak said.
The designs should be submitted to the MCC for approval, he added. It may be added here that the city faced its worst ever water crisis with large parts going dry without water supply early last week. Indiscriminate dumping of debris on the two 18-MGD pipelines had led to the pipes getting damaged leading to leakage and consequent shortage of water to the city even as the civic body engineers worked round the clock to repair the damage and restore water supply.
Mangaluru city south MLA J R Lobo had directed civic body officials to identify people who had encroached on the pipeline corridor by dumping debris on the pipelines and register criminal cases against them. The Mayor Jacintha Vijay Alfred too had proposed that the city corporation would plant warning flags and sign boards along the entire length of the pipelines to warn people not to trespass in to the area and also directed officials to clear the debris on the pipelines.