Drop heritage, talk about water: Corporators demand

Forget hegitage buildings, there are no good roads in city.

When mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna proposed discussion about heritage buildings at the meeting, Congress and JD(S) members raised objection and said that the city was suffering from shortage of drinking water. They urged the mayor to drop the discussion on heritage buildings and instead focus on water issue.

Meanwhile, opposition party members said that as Dasara was nearing, discussion about heritage buildings was equally important and called upon the mayor to continue with the agenda.

Making a statement, corporator P Devaraju said, “There is no need to discuss about the heritage buildings now as the city even lacked good roads.”

Reacting to this, BJP’s Ninganna, M V Ramprasad, Vidya Urs, Shivakumar, Sunanda Palanetra said that Mysore had its own tradition. It is not correct to oppose such issues, they said.

Corporator Lingappa chided the BJP members saying it is not enough to just wear a traditional dress and come to the meeting.

Former mayor Sandesh Swamy said that we are not opposed to the discussion on heritage building. But just because of insistence of district in-charge minister it is not correct to take hasty decisions. Decisions can be made only after MLAs, MPs, corporators and district in-charge minister have a discussion. The district in-charge minister can’t take a unilateral decision, he added.

The mayor then decided that a special meeting would be called to discuss about heritage buildings.

Ruling party members took the mayor and MCC commissioner K S Raykar to task for failing to address the drinking water problems. “There is just two days for Dasara to begin and all relatives will arrive in Mysore to celebrate the festival. If there is no water, how can we celebrate?” questioned the ruling party members.

Corporator Rihana Banu said, “Discussion on drinking water is held in every meeting. But, no attempts are being made to provide a solution. People have started questioning us. Please provide water.”

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