'Changing MUDA proceedings is criminal offence'

Changing the proceedings of Madikeri Urban Development Authority (MUDA) meeting held on February 10, 2011 on the construction of 17 resorts in and around city amounts to criminal offence. Though the MUDA meeting had not given its nod for giving license to the construction of resorts, the proceedings states that the proposal has been okayed by the majority, said MLC M C Nanaiah.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, he said the MUDA decided to accept the proceedings of the meeting of May 7, 2010. However, it had failed to come into consensus on giving permission to the resorts, he clarified.

Though the MUDA has power to reject the proposal on the land conversion for the resorts in and around Madikeri, it decided to take a decision on the same after inspecting the spot in the next meeting. No unanimous decision was taken at the meeting, he added.

He said: “I had opposed the proposal on the resorts as it will harm the beauty of the nature in and around the city. The suggestions given by the MUDA president has been twisted, which is a criminal offence. In this background, the Commissioner should be plced under suspension on the grounds of misuse of power.”

In fact, the MUDA meeting was not attended by Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, MLA M P Appachuranjan and MLC T John. Even the Additional DC K M Chandre Gowda had clarified that the unanimous decision was not taken against the permission for land conversion for the resorts.

“I had written a letter to the Authority President Shajil Krishan on February 18 asking him to convene MUDA meeting on those days when there is no session. However, the President has failed to answer to this letter. Instead, it has come to my notice that the proceedings of the meeting has been changed,” he said.

“I have already brought to the notice of the government on the misuse of power by the MUDA president and Commissioner. We will also submit a complaint to the Lokayukta,” Nanaiah said.

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