Playground eludes Bondel despite 3 CMs nod

Playground eludes Bondel despite 3 CMs nod

The region has 5 institutions and 6 housing colonies

In spite of direction from three chief ministers including H D Kumaraswamy, B S Yeddyurappa and D V Sadananda Gowda to the district administration to take all measures to lay a full-fledged playground for the residents of Bondel, the playground has remained a mirage even to this day.  

Kavoor-Bondel-Padavinangady Nagarika Hitharakshana Vedike has been demanding the State government and the district administration to earmark 18.35 acre belonging to the PWD for playground to help the residents of Kavoor, Bondel, Padavinangady, Pacchanady, students of Women’s polytechnic, Mahatma Gandhi High School, Besant PG Centre, Physiotherapy colleges, KHB, KIOCL, KEB, MCF, MUDA, NABARD housing colonies and others. There was a playground behind the high school in the past.

However, the land was taken over by the private parties during land acquisition carried out by the Magalore City Corporation, inspite of stiff opposition from the locals. Though MCC had promised the residents of providing a playground in the empty space belonging to the PWD, it was never realised. The Nagarika Hitharakshana Vedike with Padmanabha Ullal decided to approach the State government. 

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said: “We met H D Kumaraswamy when he was the chief minister, who in turn had directed the district administration to take further action. When Yeddyurappa visited the area, the office-bearers of the Vedike submitted a memoradmum to B S Yeddyurappa who had come to lay foundation for Ranga Mandira. Yeddyurappa in turn had directed the Deputy Commissioner Ponnuraj to take immediate necessary action. The district administration had shown keen interest in the development of the playground and wrote to the Vedike on May 5, 2010 to form a non official committee to assist the district administration in the project.” 

On the direction of the Deputy Commissioner, a committee was also formed with J S Noronha as president and Padmanabha Ullal as convenor and general secretary and other locals as the members and advisors. In fact, the Vedike had even prepared an action plan of Rs 30.80 lakh for the playground. As per the action plan, Rs 10 lakh would be required for levelling the ground and construction gallery on the eastern and northern side. A sum of Rs 10.80 lakh for construction of walking track around the playground, Rs 7.50 lakh for providing lighting arrangements, Rs 2.50 lakh for planting saplings, and gardening on the southern and western sides of playground, providing concrete benches, construction of entrance gate, and compound wall at the southern side. In the meantime, the DC had directed the assistant director of the department of youth service and sports to visit the spot and provide a detailed report on the land available. 

Accordingly, on May 17, 2011, the assistant director had written to the DC which states that the land belongs to the PWD. 

Ullal said the committee had even approached few industrialists who had promised of financial assistance if the proposal comes from proper channel, i.e., district administration. 

When nothing worked out, the Vedike members had met District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar, who in turn had written to the district administration on April 8, 2011 and November 17, 2011 to take immediate action and convene a meeting to discuss the issue. As the committee members could not see any progress, they appealed to the Union Minister for Sports when he visited Mangalore to take part in National Youth Festival. 

Based on the memorandum, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports PYKKA Project Officer has written to the convenor of the Vedike on March 6, 2012 on scheme of assistance for creation of Urban sports infrastructure and requesting to forward the application through the Karnataka government (with their recommendation) in the format prescribed in the scheme along with the documents like plan, design, estimate prepared by the state PWD/PSU in accordance with the schedule of rates approved by the PWD. The ball is now in the district administration’s court.

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