10 years on, this layout is yet to see development

10 years on, this layout is yet to see development

It has become safe haven for nefarious activities as people seldom visit the area

Vivekanandanagar, which was created keeping in mind the growth of the city and demand for residential sites around 10 years ago is yet to get basic amenities.

The condition of Vivekanandanagar Layout in Mandya. A channel that runs through the layout that has been covered with wild growth of weeds. DH photo

One look at the area, which is covered with wild bushes and vacant sites that has become a breeding place for rodents and reptiles, it is difficult to identify it as a residential layout.

Basic amenities like water, road, underground drain, park and others are yet to be taken care of. So, site owners hesitate to build their dream houses.

Even after 10 years, the Mandya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) is in deep slumber.

Steps were taken in 2009 during the tenure of Vidya Nagendra as MUDA president to clean the layout and the expenses were borne by MUDA.

But, unfortunately, due to lack of maintenance the layout returned to the same condition and hardly resembles a residential layout.

It is also reported that the place has become a safe haven for nefarious activities as people seldom visit the area.

The layout has been divided into A B C D E F blocks and is still to see development. The mud roads are pathetic without asphaltation.

Siddaraju, a resident of B Block says there is no UGD system and streetlights.

All the drains are clogged and though taps are installed for Cauvery water, there is no water supply. The borewell water is not fit for use.

When contacted, MUDA president Basavegowda said it was the responsibility of the site owners to keep their sites clean and not depend on MUDA.

“It has come to our notice, the site owners will be levied penalty and steps will be taken as per rules,” he said.

There is a deadline for the site owners to construct houses, allotment of sites would be cancelled and withdrawn from those who violate it, he said.

Moreover, tenders have been called for taking up underground drainage works and works will begin soon.

All development works would be completed in phases and it has been decided to sanction Rs 30 crore for the purpose, he added.

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