Mangalore, Nov 8: The Mangalore Special Economic Zone Ltd organized a grand programme to inaugurate the main sewage treatment plant of the colony, which they had established for the displaced residents of Kalavaru village. But, However, disgruntled colony residents grabbed this opportunity to voice their grievances against the company.
A group of residents began protesting vehemently against the proponents of the MSEZ projects even while dignitaries such as Mayor M Shankar Bhat and MLA Abhaya Chandra Jain watched them from them dais. The protestors claimed that all the news reports and advertisements, which state that the MSEZ had completed the colony work and provided all the amenities, were false.
One of the residents, Jairam Shetty, pointed out that the colony had no school, shopping complex, children’s park, post office, or bus stop. They also criticized MSEZ for giving hakku patras to only 52 of the 629 rehabilitated families. They said that everybody wanted property title deeds (hakku patras) immediately.
The agitators also brought the attention of the media to the fact that the colony was directing its sewage into a farm in the vicinity of a temple. Mr. Shetty alleged that the company has not even provided a proper garbage collection and disposal system. He also said that the streetlights were given an electricity connection only a day before the programme. He also accused the MSEZ of distributing prime plots to its favourites.
Mr. Pai, the chief operating officer of the MSEZ, has assured the protestors that everything will be set right soon