Mangalore, May 13: Mahabala Maarla, Mayor, Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has presented his plans for bettering the society. “My first priority would be to provide basic amenities to around five lac locals and the remaining two lac floating population in Mangalore,” Maarla said.
Addressing the reporters at ‘Meet The Press’, a press meet which was organised by Press Club Mangalore on Tuesday, May 13, Mayor said, “MCC in its previous meet has decided to computerize office works in order to make the entire system function more efficiently while maintaining transparency. The sub units of MCC would be setup in seven places while the head office would continue to be in Lalbagh.”
Speaking on Thumbay water supply he said, “In view of maintaining adequate water supply catering towards all sections, a system will be readied so as to check how much water is provided for drinking purposes and how much goes to industries and other purposes.”
Suggesting that it would be a good move to check the authenticity of buildings and monitor their construction works, Maarla said, “I have directed the concerned engineers and officers to visit all the buildings under construction once a month so as to ensure the status of every building at every stage of construction. I believe it is better to fix the loopholes in the primary stages rather than raising issues after completion of the buildings.”
Seeking the help of public at large to eradicate malaria he said, “I request the public to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings. Talks are being held with medical institutes namely Father Muller’s Hospital, K.S. Hegde Medical Institute, KMC, Srinivas Medical College and A.J. Institute of Medicine for a tie up with regards to opening malaria check up centres and organising awareness camps. Requisition letters will be sent to all the health officers in the city corporation limits to submit daily reports on the cases examined. Notices will be issued to all the blood testing centres. A drive will be held with the students to create awareness among them on eradicating malaria.”
Circles on main roads: “In order to minimize traffic blockage and commotion on roads, six new circles are being built namely Kankanady Circle, Ambedkar Circle, Mallikatte Circle, Bunts Hostel Circle, PVS Circle and Navabharath Circle.”
Regarding beautification of the city, Mayor said, “Places are being identified where greenery could be promoted. It is to be made sure that saplings once planted will not be uprooted by the Electricity Board after a few years. Hence, proper planning has to be made in this regard. A special committee will be formed. People are encouraged to contribute towards this cause. They can sponsor saplings and also sign contracts to look after those saplings for a period of time. The mission will be launched during Vanamahotsava this year.”
Answering queries on the construction of dam at Thumbay which was proposed in 2003, Maarla said, “The delay is very much marked. However, since the project had to go through a lot of phases and since funding was an issue, the project has not been able to see a completion yet. The MCC has contributed Rs. 23cr while another Rs. 30cr has been sanctioned by the government. It is likely to be at the service of the people by the end of 2015.”
Mayor expressed unhappiness over the contribution of builders in development and charity, he said, “Builders seek every possible help from the MCC. But, when it comes to contributing for a cause, they turn their back. It will henceforth be seen that for every building that is constructed above 20,000sqft, 2% of the funds received, will be routed towards the betterment of poor via CSR. Several builders have failed to abide by the CSR norms so far.”
At this point it can be noted that Maarla’s tenure for the first two out of twelve months went inactive owing to the poll code conduct.
Harish Rai, president of Working Journalists Association, Srinivas and others were present.