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MP Kateel instructs unauthorised structures, hoardings on NH land removed

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, July 5,2016 : Chairing a district-level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting in the city,  MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on July4,  Monday directed NHAI, National Highway Authority of India officials to clear unauthorised structures, bus stands and hoardings put up on the land belonging to NHAI immediately

MP Kateel He also instructed officials to file a complaint against those who dump debris beside the highways. No illegal buildings should be allowed on the NH land. No private individuals should be allowed to construct bus shelter on the highway. Mobile canteens should not be allowed to function on the highway land, he instructed.

NHAI official Ajith Kumar said the service road work at Surathkal and B C Road will be completed by December. He said, "The NHAI has sought permission from the forest department to fell trees and shift 137 electric poles from Mescom to lay a service road in Surathkal. Barring the work on two flyovers at Pumpwell and Thokkottu, the four-laning of road has been completed from Nanthoor to Talapady. A sum of Rs 24 crore has been sanctioned for the service road project and maintenance work on the National Highway 66. Only Rs 4 crore has been utilised so far. The remaining work will be taken up after August," he said.

Suspected dengue deaths  : District Health Officer (In-charge) Sikandar Pasha said 11 suspected dengue deaths have been reported in Dakshina Kannada.

Out of 11 deaths, the death audit has confirmed three cases are due to dengue in the district. Surveillance teams have been sent to all the vulnerable areas, apart from destroying larval formation and removing water stagnation dengue-affected areas. Private medical colleges have deputed postgraduate medical students in primary health centres for attending cases related to vector-borne diseases in the district, he added.

Zilla panchayat Vice President Kasthuri Panja said the government hospital at Moodbidri did not have any doctors when she visited. The DHO promised to initiate action against the same.

Delay in NUHM : The official in-charge of NUHM, National Rural and Urban Health Mission said seven new buildings for health centres have to be constructed in Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) limits. Land for five buildings have been identified, of which, the estimate for two buildings have been sent to the government for administrative approval. Government land has been identified for two health centre buildings at Kunjathbail and Shakthinagar. The revenue officials are yet to hand over the map of the land to the NUHM.

On delay in implementing NUHM, zilla panchayat CEO P I Sreevidya said the delay in the work will affect the release of funds under NUHM next year.

Sea erosion  : The official said that two houses have been washed away following sea erosion in Ucchila and Someshwara in Mangaluru taluk. The boulders are being dumped on 500 metre stretch in Ucchila and Someshwara to check sea erosion.   The MP directed the official to submit a report on loss of property due to sea erosion to the DC for the release of compensation.

MP asks to fence quarry pits urgently, vigilance meet

The abandoned laterite quarry pits should be fenced to ensure that no mishap occurs during monsoon, ordered MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.

Speaking at the district-level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting on July4, Monday. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, ordered the abandoned laterite quarry pits should be fenced immediately to ensure that no mishap occurs during monsoon.

Nagendrappa, Mines and Geology Department deputy director, insisted that over 400 quarry pits have been fenced in the district. The officials have been directed to initiate measures to fence  quarry pits.

There is a need to create awareness among farmers on the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and weather-based crop insurance scheme (WBCIS), said MP Kateel, The lead bank, the Agriculture Department and the Horticulture Department officials should organise awareness camps on the insurance scheme for farmers in all the gram panchayats.

Yogesh H R, deputy director of the Horticulture Department, said that the last date for application for the weather-based crop insurance scheme has been extended till July 10 while for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has been extended till July 31.

He added that arecanut and pepper have been included under the weather-based crop insurance scheme by the state government during the kharif season of 2016. The scheme automatically covers farmers who have availed of crop loans from banks. As it was voluntary for other farmers, they will have to apply through banks in which they have accounts. Only 1,500 farmers have registered under the insurance scheme so far.

A Mescom official said that a proposal for Rs 68.13 crore under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana has been submitted to the government to supply electricity to all the households in the district. As many as 3,850 houses are pending to get power connection in the district.

The rain and strong winds have damaged 688 electric poles and 157 transformers in Puttur Mescom division. In Bantwal, 895 poles have been damaged along with 88 transformers, the official said, adding that 2.50 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed among the consumers.