Mangaluru, Dec 26, 2014, DHNS: Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim has said that the Mini Vidhana Soudha at Taluk Panchayat premises in Mangaluru is likely to be completed within three months.
Speaking to mediapersons after inspecting the ongoing work on Friday, he said that the work was delayed owing to various reasons. The initial estimated cost of the building was Rs five crore which has been escalated to Rs 7.5 crore.
It may be recalled that the old taluk office in Mangaluru was demolished to give way for Mini Vidhana Soudha. It was on August 27, 2007, then Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa laid foundation stone for the Mini Vidhana Soudha. Both the Chief Minister and Deputy CM had promised Mangaloreans that Mini Vidhan Soudha will come up in the taluk office premises at the earliest. Unfortunately, even after seven years, Mini Vidhana Soudha is yet to be materialised.
The Mini Vidhana Soudha will come up on 3,712 sq feet complex, spread over ground and two floors. The plans include basement parking, record room and store room.
Taluk office, sub registrar’s office, meeting and court halls, among others will come up in the ground floor; the office of the Assistant Director of Land Records in the first and second floor. A reason for the delay is the failure to release funds for the building that is being executed in three phases. While Rs 2 crore was released in 2007 itself for the construction of a cellar and ground floor, Rs 1.5 crore for structural work on the first floor was released in 2010.
The DC said that the State government has released Rs 1 crore which was pending. Another Rs one crore will be released shortly.
If the work is completed, then it will ordeal of the public who currently have to wait in the ‘temporary taluk office’ at the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises to avail the services. The old At present, the Mangalore taluk office is functioning at the old building in DC office premises, which is causing lot of inconvenience to the citizens. The old building is damp, and leaks during the monsoon. Even the officials have tough time in maintaining the records during monsoon.