Mangaluru, Nov 08 2019: Canvassing in the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) elections, MP and BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel on November 7, Thursday, pointed out that council’s previous five years governance under Congress was corrupt and unsatisfactory.
“An additional amount of Rs 200 crore released to the MCC by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa was not utilised by the Congress,” he stated, addressing media in Katla SC Colony in Surathkal.
MP Kateel, the Dakshina Kannada MP, said that during previous Congress regime residents had to suffer from property card issues and Thumbe vented dam issue.
“The Centre also awarded the Smart City scheme and the Congress failed to make complete utilisation of resources. The Congress has no plans or projects for development of Mangaluru. The achievement of the Congress so far has stalled developmental projects. Due to drinking water crisis and encroachment of storm water drains, voters had decided to get rid of Congress,” he stated.
Kateel said that residents of Mandara were forced to relocate, because of the unscientific management of solid waste. “The Congress also failed to field capable candidates in the MCC council elections. Thus Mangaluru Congress is a divided and broken house,” Kateel said and predicted that BJP will secure a majority in the council.
Locals must get priority in MRPL:
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said, as per Supreme Court judgement, 70% of jobs should be reserved for candidates from Karnataka and 30% for candidates from other states. “I will convene a meeting of MRPL officials and pass directions on giving priority to local candidates,” Kateel said.
He said that he had written a letter to the Union minister for surface transport on removing the glitches stalling the removal or merger of NITK and Hejamady toll plazas. The Hejamady Toll Plaza was operated under public private partnership while the NITK Plaza under the Centre is being run by IRKCON.
Kateel said that, under the Central Project Housing for All 2020, residential complexes were planned to ensures homes for the homeless in urban pockets also.