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Suspension of Town Hall renovation works rock MCC meet

Suspension of Town Hall renovation works rock MCC meet


Mangalore Today News Network

 Mangaluru, May 31, 2015  : The renovation works of Town Hall in Mangaluru which have been suspended half way through became a point of debate at the Mangaluru City Corporation meeting held  on May 30, Saturday. BJP corporators even staged a dharna in the well of the House  by shouting slogans and demanding early completion of the renovation works. The meeting had to be later adjourned following pandemonium over the issue.


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Earlier, raising the issue, Opposition leader Sudhir Shetty alleged that the suspension of the renovation works has made it impossible to conduct government or private programmes at Town Hall. He said works worth upto Rs 30 lakh has only been completed as of now though the government has sanctioned Rs 99.7 lakhs to the Nirmithi Kendra for taking up the work. He said the BJP will not allow the meeting unless the party gets an assurance that the works would be completed at the earliest.

Even the issue regarding the  non-sanction of mayor and deputy mayor’s funds  came up for discussion. The matter was raised by former mayor Mahabala Maarla who said  the Rs  one crore and Rs 40 lakhs  earmarked during his tenure has not been sanctioned. Later, Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati clarified that  the funds have not been sanctioned as a few officials had written to the government  stating that such funds were unlawful.

Finally, the matter was resolved after Mayor Jacintha Vijay Alfred assured to write to the Government on the issue.

Visit of US team creates uproar : Then came up the issue  of the recent visit of US delegation  of thee officials to discuss Smart City Project. Raising the issue, Corporator Abdul Ravoof alleged that funds have been splurged on the team’s visit and also to host a reception to it.

The Mayor assured  to enquire into the issue and initiate action against officials found guilty.

Commissioner clarifies : The MCC Commissioner who issued a clarification after the meeting  said the US team was accorded reception on behalf of the MCC and   added that  all programmes organised for the team were also  attended by the Mayor and other officials.


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