Mangaluru, May 7, 2017: NGO, Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development, on May 6, Saturday held ’Discussion meet on Mangaluru’s experience with infrastructure projects-ADB 50’ at Roshni Nilaya. Citizens have questioned the rationale behind the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (Kudcemp) in the city as preparations are under way to launch the second phase of works under the Asian Development Bank-funded scheme.
M Raghavan from the NGO, Task Force on ADB Funded Loan Project, said: "The the time period of implementing the project is 20 years (2026), with just 9 years left it’s still dragging on in a slack pace. At this rate, it’s not ADB that is losing, but the MCC and the people of Mangaluru."
DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had earlier alleged that works under the project were not implemented properly and vowed to make a complaint to the Lokayukta against the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) officer who was at the helm during the first phase of the project.
Ward level : Speaking on the occasion, an RTI activist said forming a ward-level committee was inevitable to keep track of the project. Criticising Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo, whom is often referring in the media about forthcoming projects, he said: "The pathetic situation is the authorities have failed badly to plug civic problems at the ward level." Citing information obtained from the authorities concerned, he said Rs 890 had been spent under Kudcemp on cutting just one square metre of grass.
Failure: An activist and mechanical engineer who runs an industry in the Yeyyadi Industrial Area, Sumit Rao, on MLA Lobo said pointed out that bad precedent was set but does not summarily blame J R Lobo, on the rotting system. He blamed contractor Dharmaraj. He also questioned why can’t a hoarding with information on Kudcemp be erected in the city when so many advertisement boards had mushroomed all over.
Mahvash Sayed, a social activist and researcher, who is associated with the Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development, said any unanswered questions on Kudcemp would raise doubts about the effective implementation of the Smart Cities project in the city.
Aloysius Albuquerque, a long time resident of Ullal and Summer Sands Resort, expressed concern over heavy sea erosion near Mangaluru, and the poor manner that preventive works are on spending crores of rupees.
Aman Ahmed and Jillian Flanagan, researchers from St Aloysius College gave a detailed presentation on the ADB-funded infrastructure projects in Mangaluru.
The participation at the meet was good with Vidya Dinker spearheading the arrangements of the meet.