CMC to identify illegal stay homes in Kodagu

MLC M C Nanaiah addressing a general council meet of the Madikeri City Municipality on Thursday. DH PHOTO

The council meet of the Madikeri City Municipality resolved to identify all unauthorised stay homes and levy water cess from such centres.

The decision was taken after discussions at a general meeting of the council held at the new hall of the Municipality here on Thursday. MLC M C Nanaiah said that there are 941 stay homes in the City, wherein about 600 - 700 are unauthorised. “Stay homes are being run in rented houses too. It has become a business nexus. All such unauthorised stay homes should be identified and action should be taken to collect water cess from them,” he suggested. 

“About 15,000 tourists reach the City every week. The City Municipality has the responsibility of providing drinking water to about 60,000 tourists in addition to 33,000 citizens. It is common that some stay homes connet pumpsets to the public water supply pipes to get more water,” he said adding that action should be taken against such stay homes. 

City Municipality President H M Nandakumar said that the water supply and electricity connections will be disconnected if stay homes do not adhere to rules.

It was decided in the meet that drinking water should be supplied using tankers during summer when the City faces water scarcity.

Members brought to the notice of the council that people do not make monthly payments properly to Stree Shakti Goups, which carry out door-to-door waste collection. The council took a decision to collect garbage collection charge from houses during the annual property tax collection together.

The meet has resolved to hand over two Municipality schools to the government.

“Development work should be handed over to Nirmith Kendras in future,” Nandakumar said discussing another issue.

“The Nirmithi Kendra had misappropriated funds in the pipe installation work in the City. The Kendra, which bagged the contract for Rs 50 lakh, had handed over the contract to another contractor for Rs 12 lakh,” alleged Member from the Congress Abdul Razak.

Independent Member Muneer Ahmed too backed Razak and alleged that a top official in the district gets commission in the deal. Opposition Leader T M Aiyappa urged that the issue should be inquired by the Lokayukta.

The debate ended with Nandakumar promising not to hand over the work to Nirmithi Kendra in future. The absence of Commissioner K Srikanth Rao became topic for debate in the meet. Member from the Congress Devaiah alleged that the Commissioner was not available for the people in his chamber for that last 45 days. Nandakumar clarified that the Commissioner is out of station on leave. Assistant Executive Engineer has been given the additional charge of the Commissioner, he added.

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