Mangalore, Feb 13, 2015: MRPL indicated it is willing to pay Rs 1.38 lakh to displaced families who are awaiting compensation for 23 years now, on humanitarian grounds to close Karnataka Housing Board Loan out of MRPL’s CSR budget.
A pre-condition that it be done only after obtaining and submitting an undertaking by all applicants to the effect that there will not be any further claim in respect of those lands in future on any account. On Feb 12, Ravindranath Shanbhag, president, Human Rights Protection Foundation, Udupi, had alleged that no compensation had been paid to families whose houses in government colony in Kuttetthur village in Dakshina Kannada district was razed 23 years ago, allegedly by MRPL.
A release from MRPL stated that though MRPL’s view is that the claim is legally not tenable for various reasons, it is willing to settle to close the case after its conditions have been met.
MRPL has again written letter to Special DC, KIADB Bangalore, on February 6 this year stating that MRPL is willing to pay the amount to KIADB, on humanitarian grounds on receipt of undertaking from applicants.
MRPL authorities stated that on August 18, 2009 and on March 8, 2010 Special DC, KIADB wrote letters to MRPL to pay Rs 1.38 lakh to KIADB towards Loan repayment to Karnataka Housing Board. But, KIADB did not reply to MRPL’s proposal till date on the issue of providing ’No Claim Certificate’ first and of receiving the payment thereafter.
Earlier Consumer forum, Mulki had also approached Karnataka State Human rights commission on March 29, 2010 and MRPL has submitted its explanation to the commission on May 19 on this issue. Though matters are unclear, it is hoped some relief will reach the suffering common people.