Mangalore, July 15: MCC Joint Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak said, “Thirteen drains and footpath works have been sanctioned under the second phase of Rs 100 crore under chief minister’s fund. The work was awarded to Nirmithi Kendra, but it did not take up the work as an initial fund was not released.”
He was speaking at the district-level road safety meeting at the deputy commissioner’s office on July 14. “Last January a decision was taken to withdraw the work order from Nirmithi Kendra and call for fresh tenders. Though the tenders were called, none of the contractors came forward. Now, the tender has been called for the second time,” Nayak said.
However, the explanation failed to convince members of civic society who faulted the authorities for not providing foothpath and drainage in Mangalore city and failing to take actions for illegal parking on the footpath area and encroachment of land meant for footpath construction.
There is an urgent demand for laying footpaths and drains in the city, the Mangalore City Corporation is however, facing the problem of contractors failing to take up the work.
Issues relating auto rickshaw stands, bus stands, Bendoorwell junctions and other issues were spoken up.