Mangaluru, April 29: The general meeting at Mangalore City Corporation witnessed wide objection from the members of ruling party alleging stunted development works in the Mangalore City Corporation.
Former Mayor Mahabala Maarla, Standing committee chairman Harinath, Mohammed, Former Mayor Sashidhar Hegde and others opposed. They questioned the MCC commissioner and other officials.
On this occasion, opposition leader Sudheer Shetty said that although the previous mayor had announced that self proclaimed property tax will not be raised, yet no measures has been initiated regarding this. Renovation works at the Town Hall is incomplete even though eight months have elapsed, he said.
Members expressed their rage over the MCC Commissioner Hephsibha Rani Korlapati.
Former Mayor Mahabala Maarla said, the developments will be possible only when the officers work with trust along with the people’s representatives. He queried that in the past four months, how many developmental estimations were prepared, how many applications have arrived to city project department and for how many works certificates were issued.
Mayor Jacintha Vijaya Alfred asked the officials to function smoothly with the MCC members.
Senior member and standing committee President Harinath said, Mayor ruling is not going on in MCC. In the past, many IAS and IPS officers who worked at MCC had functioned smoothly. But the people’s representatives are not receiving the expected response from the present commissioner. The royalties of the members are deliberately withheld, alleged Harinath.
Misappropriation in Mangalore One: Suggestions to file criminal case.
Concerned to the misappropriation which is said to have taken place at Mangalore One, Mahabala Maarla, Vijaykumar Shetty and other members drew the attention on this topic in the meeting.
In reply to this, the Deputy Commissioner of revenue department said, instead of giving separate receipts to the tax payers, the last part of SAS form is given. There are no computer entries regarding the tax payment. Hence there are chances that the money may be misappropriated.
Many complaints have been received against the Mangalore One. Accounts are not maintained. Data are not collected. Concerned to this, investigations will be taken up by the revenue department. The term of Mangalore One will get over in the month of May, before this investigation will be done, said the commissioner.
MLC Ivon D’Souza, speaking on this occasion said, criminal case had to be filed regarding this issue and the culprits have to be booked under law. Concerned to this, by now investigation should have been taken up already, he said.
Demand to develop colonies:
Most of the scheduled colonies of the city are turning to slum, towards which appropriate measures have to be taken up using the funds reserved for scheduled caste and tribes in the MCC, demanded opposition member Premananda Shetty.
Measures have been undertaken to build houses under the Vasathi Bhagya Scheme for the civil workers. Along with Rs 6 lakhs from the government and Rs 1.5 lakhs from the MCC, the housing schemes works process is underway, said the Commissioner.
Deputy Mayor Purushottama Chitrapura, standing committee president Prakash V Saliyan, Keshav, and Deepak Poojary were present.