Though drought has cast a shadow over the district and Mandya taluk has already been included in the drought-hit list, it is no reason to stop the councillors here, who are getting ready for a study tour to Gujarat.
The decision on the tour was taken at a recent meeting of the City Municipal Council (CMC). The councillors and others, who were present at the meeting however, did not raise any objections to the tour.
CMC Commissioner Shashikumar said the State government has approved the tour and accordingly, they have a permission to spend Rs 12.5 lakh on such tours.
One of the travel agencies, which has been ferrying them, has suggested flight as a mode of transport for the tour to save time, so that they would be capable to spend two days for study and the remaining two days for visiting the popular places in Gujarat.
According to locals, from the day the Mandya CMC came into existence, instead of concentrating on the overall development of the town, the members are more busy in mudslinging.
They have wasted almost three years to unseat previous president and elect the incumbent to the post. Now, Lokesh is the incumbent president. But due to internal bickerings, it has not been possible to select the Standing Committee chairmen so far. The general meetings too witness only ward complaints and no discussions on comprehensive development have been held, they criticised.
The said no special study tour is required for setting right the existing problems, including mushrooming of flexboards, illegal buildings, collection of revenue, development of parks and regular conduct of meetings.
Mysuru, has been announced as the cleanest city of the country, and Bengaluru the cleanest capital in the whole country. Let the councillors visit these two cities for study tour and not to Gujarat, which is far and also pose communication problems to the councillors, the people said.