Mangaluru, Dec 19, 2017: Mangaluru North MLA Mohiuddin Bava’s new office building in Surathkal, which was inaugurated on Dec 18, Monday, is mired in controversy as the Manglauru City Corporation is yet to issue completion certificate for the building.
Social activist G. Hanumath Kamath said that the MLA ought to have taken the completion certificate before occupying the new building. “An elected peoples representative should abide by the rules and be a role model for others. But it is not seen in the case of MLA Bava,” he said.
It was following activist Kamath’s complaint that the corporation issued notice to Bava’s wife Nageena Mohiuddin Bava to stop construction of two additional floors on an old building owned by her as she had not obtained licence.
Activist Kamath had in his complaint said that N M Bava had applied in May 28, 2016 to the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) seeking plan approval to construct the two floors on the old “Bava Super Market” building in Chokkabettu.
This building is adjoining the house in which MLA resides. The MUDA surveyed the area and asked for a deposit of Rs. 6.7 lakh for approving the plan.
Kamath had accused N M Bava of going ahead with construction without getting plan approval. When his attention was brought to the issue, MLA Bava told media that the issue was solved and he had paid Rs. 3 lakh.
But Kamath said that following the corporation notice the legislator managed to get plan sanctioned by mentioning his office building as a commercial entity and paying a fee of Rs. 44,570. “It is strange that MUDA has approved a plan for construction of a commercial building in a residential locality.” Kamath said that he filed a complaint with the DK DC, MCC Commissioner and MUDA Commissioner in October 2017.
Reacting to this the MLA stated that he had secured building licence. Now he has completion certificate too. “ A few more works are pending to be completed in the building,” he added.
However, an official from the Manglauru City Corporation (Assistant Town Planner, MCC Surathkal Zone) said that MLA Bava was yet to file application for completion certificate.