Mangaluru, Mar 9, 2015 : High end politicking in the Congress to get the 28th Mayor of Mangaluru are in advanced stages. As per the reservation norms, the offices of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been reserved for a general category (woman) and general category, respectively. Reliable sources state from the Congress party , Jacintha Vijaya Alfred, fourth-time councillor and current chairperson, Standing Committee for Taxation, Finance and appeals from Falnir ward; Prathiba Kulai, first-time councillor from Hosabettu who is a postgraduate; S. Appi, three-time councillor from Jeppu and Kavitha Sanil, second-time councillor from Pachchanady, are in the race for the Mayor’s post. A.M. Kunjappa, Regional Commissioner, Mysuru will conduct the election on March 12.
The names of first time councillors Prakash B. Salian (Kodialbail), Radhakrishna (Derebail South-West), A.C. Vinayraj (Court), Purushothama Chitrapura (Baikampady), B. Prakash (Alape North) are mentioned as potentials for the office of Deputy Mayor.
The selection would be made by assessing factors such as Dalit, minority, representation to Mangalore City South and Mangalore City North Assembly constituencies and seniority, sources said. The new Mayor would have many issues to handle immediately. One among them would be completing the renovation of the Town Hall which has been closed for the past six months.
Another would be permitting people to connect sewer lines of their houses to the main line laid by the government under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project.
A 65-km long sewer line from Shivabagh, Maroli, Tarethota, Pumpwell, Yekkur, Jeppinamogaru, Bajal and surrounding areas connected to the sewage treatment plant at Jeppinamogaru and another 90-km long underground pipelines from Hosabettu, Kulai, Katipalla and Surathkal connected to the STP at Surathkal are waiting to be commissioned.
G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti, said that the next Mayor should take steps for laying footpaths on all roads upgraded as concrete roads. Even the newly upgraded road between Bunts Hostel Junction and Ambedkar Circle did not have footpaths.
The Mayor should constitute a vision committee to chalk out future projects for the next 10 years for the city, an official at the city corporation said. The election is being eagerly looked upon by the citizens of Mangaluru.