Mulbagal citizens pour out woes to Lokayukta officer

Complain about incomplete, substandard work and illegal activities

Lokayukta received as many as nine complaints from the public at a meeting organised at the Travellers’ Bungalow on Thursday.

M P Nagaraj, Kolar Lokayukta DySP, chaired the meeting.The residents of Uttanur had complained that students of the Social Welfare Department College were not being given their scholarship regularly.

The Department officer, who responded, said the students received the funds only through banks. He added that the Lokayukta would be given figures of the amounts debited into each bank.

Bad roads

V Ramakrishnaiah said the roads at Cheeyandahalli were all in bad shape, thanks to the inflow of water from the neighbouring forests. “Also, about two acre cultivation land is being washed away. We have already complained to the officers concerned, but they have taken no action,” he added.

Nagaraj instructed the PWD officer to look into the matter and submit a report on the conditions at Cheeyandahalli.

“The underground drainage work in Mulbagal town is far from complete,” said the citizens.

The concerned officer of the Town Municipal Council told the Lokayukta DySP that 80 per cent of the work was already completed. “The deputy commissioner is in charge of the project and the UGD officer has not handed the work over to us,” the officer added.
Nagaraj, however, told the officer to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible.

Hooch sale

“Illicit liquor is on sale in petty shops in villages all over the taluk, but the Excise Department officers have chosen to turn a blind eye to the fact,” complained the citizens.
Excise inspector Khan was taken to task severely by the DySP.

“Call a meeting of licensed bar owners all over the taluk tomorrow itself and instruct them not to supply liquor or toddy to any rural shops. If the supply continued, cancel their licences,” Nagaraj told Khan.

Lack of toilets

Citizens added that the Bazaar Road in town had been widened years ago, but the road had not been developed or provided proper drains. “The sewage flows over on to the road, not only inconveniencing pedestrians and vehicle drivers, but also increasing chances of spread of epidemics,” they said.

The DySP was also told that while public toilets had been constructed at KEB Circle and at TMC Circle, they had not been opened as yet. “The public are forced to use the roadsides, which is unhygienic,” the citizens added.

In response, Nagaraj told the PWD and TMC officers, who were present at the meeting to complete the road work immediately.

Lokayukta inspector Ashwattha Narayana, tahsildar Nanjaiah, deputy tahsildar Ramamurthy and taluk level officers were present.

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