Mangaluru, Jan 11, 2016: Inefficiencies of Mangaluru City Corporation’s senior officials in dealing with encroachment of Thumbe-Mangaluru drinking water main pipeline and diversion of water irk both deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada and urban development minister.
Criminal cases must be booked against the encroachers of pipeline and a cleanup drive has to be arranged along with revenue officials said A B Ibrahim, deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada.
The DC was addressing the MCC officials in the meeting presided over by urban development minister Vinay Kumar Sorake to sort out the various issues of the corporation at the DC’s office here on Monday January 11.
During the discussion on the water supply to the city from the Thumbay dam, the officials of the MCC said that notice has been served to the people who have constructed roads over the main pipeline in the Bantwal constituency. The DC who had ordered to file criminal cases against the encroachers got furious and questioned the officials: "People have no fear of the Mangaluru City Corporation. Just sending a notice to the encroacher without taking any action sends a wrong message. Why hesitate to file cases on the encroacher when the land belongs to the MCC? No need to send further notices. Within January 31, a drive has to be conducted to clear all the encroachments."
"Various gram panchayats have taken connections from the main pipeline and do not pay even a paise to the MCC. The MCC officlas have not taken any action against this in spite of being aware of the fact. Another pipeline has been handed over to the zilla panchayat but the MCC is bearing maintenance expenses," opposition leader of MCC Sudhir Shetty Kannur claimed.
Angered by this revelation, minister Sorake questioned the MCC officials, but they failed to give any satisfactory answer. He then instructed the officials to take necessary action in the matter.
MLA of Mangaluru south constituency J R Lobo, MLC Ivan D’Souza, mangaing director of Water Supply and Drainage Board Manivennan, Principal secretary of the urban development department Anil Kumar, deputycommissioner of MCC Gokuldas Nayak, MUDA chairman Kodijal Ibrahim, were present.