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Garbage collection: councillors voice woes, seek revision of cess

Garbage collection: councillors voice woes, seek revision of cess

Mangaluru: The Mangaluru City Corporation on Monday resolved to rework the solid waste management cess being levied along with the property tax from 2016-17 after councillors, across party lines, brought out the ‘garbage woes’ being faced by residents of the city.

Councillor Lancelot Pinto pointed out at the council general meeting here that there was no logical connection between the cess and property tax and in many cases the cess has been abnormally higher than the property tax.

At the same time, the new garbage collection system had not been stabilised. Since property tax payment along with cess for 2015-16 has already commenced, the cess could not be reworked for the current financial year, he said.

Another councillor M. Abdul Azeez said that the contractor, Antony Waste Handling Cell Pvt., Ltd., has miserably failed to collect garbage from door to door.

Even the ruling Congress members joined the Opposition and said that the company was unable to stabilise operations even after two months of commencing the new collection system.

The discussions even saw some members trouping to the well of the council with placards denouncing the new garbage collection system.

The former Mayor Mahabala Marla and the leader of the Opposition Sudhir Shetty demanded that the corporation start a toll-free number for people to lodge their complaints on garbage collection.

Another councillor Tilakraj urged the corporation to direct the company to deploy at least two vehicles for each ward.

Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati said that she would direct officials concerned to monitor garbage collection more effectively. Mayor Jacinta Alfred then referred Mr. Pinto’s proposal to the standing committee on taxation, finance and appeals for a suitable decision.

Illegal hoardings

Ms. Alfred also issued a ruling directing corporation officials to bring down all illegal hoardings in the city.

When a corporation official informed the council that about 173 illegal hoardings had been regularised, the members took serious objections to the same and demanded initiation of action against such hoardings.
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Congress cheated off people: Sudhir Shetty

Mangaluru:  When there was BJP’s rule in Mangaluru Municipal Corporation, 10 crores fund was reserved to acquire land for bus stand at Pumpwell, but Congress government has not kept any fund and the project is incomplete said opposition leader Sudhir Shetty.

He was talking to the press in a meet. He said that city will be freed from kerosene oil and poor people will be given gas connections. 6000 applications have come but aid is not reserved in the budget for the purpose he accused.

He also said during elections Congress had assured it won’t increase property tax but now the tax has increased up to 15% by this way it cheated on people.

Premananda Shetty, Roopa Bangera and others were present.
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Removal of illegal street shops continued

Mangaluru: The MMC has continued the work of vacating the illegal street vendors even on the third day. These shops have not had legal permission from the Municipality. On third day too officers and staffs of the MMC vacated the shops at service bus stand.

These illegal shops were complained of selling beedi, cigarettes and other banned products illegally.

Since two days the shops on the road were removed and today the shops at service bus stand are removed.
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Vacating illegal street vendors continued for second day

Mangaluru: Even on day second, the illegal shops, vendors on the streets were vacated by the municipal corporation officers. Tuesday morning the work of vacating the shops began and in continuation of today’s work the shops at the premises of Town Hall and Ladygoshan Hospital were remove.

Officers and staff without any hesitation removed the shops from the road. Policemen were positioned for protection.

The shops on the road interrupted pedestrians while walking down the streets. The municipality has managed to vacate the shops and make the road free to walk.
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Jacintha Vijaya Alfred, Purushothama Chitrapura were elected as the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Mangaluru: Jacintha Vijaya Alfred (45) and Purushothama Chitrapura (44) were elected as the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mangaluru in an election conducted on Thursday. Both would be in office till March 11, 2016. The election was presided over by S.S. Pattanashetty, Regional Commissioner, Mysuru.

Ms. Jacintha, who contested from Congress, defeated Roopa D. Bangera of the BJP by 38-20 votes. Mr. Purushothama was elected over K. Rajesh of the BJP by 37-20 votes.

In the Congress led 60-member Mangaluru City Corporation council the Congress has 35 seats followed by the BJP with 20 seats. The JD (S) has two seats and the Communist Party of India (Marxists), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and an Independent has a seat each.

Members of the JD (S), CPI (M), SDPI and an Independent remained neutral and did not cast votes.

Except Ganesh Karnik, MLC and Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, other 63 members participated in the election. When the membership of legislators (MLAs, MLCs and MP) taken into account, the council has a total of 65 seats.
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Countdown begins for Mayoral elecetion in MMC

Countdown begins for Mayoral elecetion in MMC

Mangaluru: Hectic parleys are on in the Congress to select the 28th Mayor of Mangaluru. As per the reservation roster, the offices of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been reserved for a general category (woman) and general category, respectively. A.M. Kunjappa, Regional Commissioner, Mysuru will conduct the election on Thursday.

According to sources in the Congress, Jacintha Vijaya Alfred, fourth-time councillor and current chairperson, Standing Committee for Taxation, Finance and Appeals from Falnir ward; Prathiba Kulai, first-time councillor from Hosabettu who is a postgraduate; S. Appi, three-time councillor from Jeppu and Kavitha Sanil, second-time councillor from Pachchanady, are in the race for the Mayor’s post.

The names of first time councillors Prakash B. Salian (Kodialbail), Radhakrishna (Derebail South-West), A.C. Vinayraj (Court), Purushothama Chitrapura (Baikampady), B. Prakash (Alape North) are doing the rounds as contenders for the office of Deputy Mayor.

The selection would be made by assessing factors such as Dalit, minority, representation to Mangalore City South and Mangalore City North Assembly constituencies and seniority, sources said.

The new Mayor would have many issues to handle immediately.

One among them would be completing the renovation of the Town Hall which has been closed for the past six months.

Another would be permitting people to connect sewer lines of their houses to the main line laid by the government under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project.

A 65-km long sewer line from Shivabagh, Maroli, Tarethota, Pumpwell, Yekkur, Jeppinamogaru, Bajal and surrounding areas connected to the sewage treatment plant at Jeppinamogaru and another 90-km long underground pipelines from Hosabettu, Kulai, Katipalla and Surathkal connected to the STP at Surathkal are waiting to be commissioned.

G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti, said that the next Mayor should take steps for laying footpaths on all roads upgraded as concrete roads.

Even the newly upgraded road between Bunts Hostel Junction and Ambedkar Circle did not have footpaths.

The Mayor should constitute a vision committee to chalk out future projects for the next 10 years for the city, an official at the city corporation said.
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Jogi matt -Kadri temple road repair works started up.

Mangaluru: The route from Jogi matt to Kadri temple will be concreted and MLA J.R.Lobo started up the construction work by worshiping pickaxe.

Mahabal Marla, Mayor of MMC, said on this occasion that many other routes would be repaired and upgraded soon by MMC

Swamiji of the Matt, Deputy- Mayor Kavita  Ashok D.K, Shashidar Hegde and Premanand Shetty were present.

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Waste thrown near the caution board: Municipality still asleep

Mangaluru: People of Karangalpadi are throwing their daily wastes near the board where it is written that “don’t throw garbage here” and also written that people who throw garbage will be punished.

Mangaluru Municipal Corporation has not taken any action against it till date. Day by day the place is acquiring more and more garbage and turning into a dump yard but still the municipality is in sleep. People are feared of diseases that can be caused by the wastage here.

People from the city and outskirts come along with bags full of wastage and throw near the board secretly. If municipality ca not manage to discard waste in a useful manner should take action against people who throw wastes near the board at least.
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