CMC members raised the issue of incomplete work on ambitious Kundamestri water project within a stipulated period, at the last CMC meeting held on Wednesday. The term of the CMC will conclude shortly.
The members expressed apprehension over how to face the election with the incomplete work. The work on the project which commenced in 2011 was supposed to be completed by May 2013. If the work were completed as per the plan, then the residents would not have faced acute shortage of water. It will take another two to three years to complete the work. This will affect all those members who will be contesting the CMC polls, said Muneer Ahammed.
Member T M Ayyappa said “we have to face the brunt owing to the negligence attitude of the implementing authority Karnataka Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Even MLA Appacchu Ranjan has promised to submit a complaint to the Lokayukta, on delay in completing the work.”
Chummi Devaiah said “we need to send a report on delay in completing the work to the government.”
Prakash said “the estimated cost of the project was Rs nine crore initially. It has been escalated to Rs 43 crore now with the increase in the cost of materials. The Board members should be responsible for increasing the project cost.”
Another member Abdul Razak said “there was acute shortage of water in the city. There was a need to supply water through tankers.”
To which, CMC President H M Nandakumar said that water is supplied through tankers to majority of the areas in the city. In case of necessity, we will hire additional tankers. Notice has been issued to Water Board officials on delay in completing Kundamestri project. We will not incur additional cost of the project.”
Vice President Vasantha Keshav and Commissioner Shashikumar were present.