PWD roads must be repaired by March 15: Palemar

Meeting to discuss wild elephant menace in Kodagu on Feb 16

 
Speaking at Karnataka Development Programmes review meeting held on Friday, he said all the PWD roads must be repaired by March 15. If they fail to repair it, then they will be held responsible, he warned.

Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Education and Health President Manumuthappa said “none of the district roads have been repaired. We have already reached end of January. When will the work on road repair commence in the district? he asked”
Replying to it, PWD Executive Engineer Ravi Kumar said “80 per cent of state highways have been repaired. 60 per cent of the work on district roads have been completed.”

Zilla Panchayat engineering division Executive Engineer Keshavamurthy said “75 per cent of the work on interior roads have been completed.”

However, both Manumuthappa and S N Rajarao alleged that the officials concerned are giving wrong information.

Minister said “don’t give false information to the meeting. If you give false information, we will suspend you.”

Keshavamurthy said “67 works of 108 works have been completed in Somwarpet taluk, 53 in Madikeri taluk, 47 in Somwarpet taluk and assured to complete all the works by March end.” However, Palemar directed him to complete all the works by February end.
MLC M C Nanaiah expressed anguish over including 460 development works under Chief Minister’s Special package fund.  He said “Rs 50 crore special package must be earmarked for the roads of Kodagu in the forthcoming budget” and added “let us take a delegation to Chief Minister demanding additional funds. No politics should come in the way of implementing development works in the district.”

Wild elephant menace

MLC M C Nanaiah said “a meeting will be convened to discuss the issue of wild elephant menace in Kodagu district on February 16. The meeting will be attended by Deputy Commissioner and Forest officials.”

He said solar fences have become useless. Elephant corridors have been filled. As a result, the wild elephants have started attacking estates. In this regard there is a need to find a permanent solution.”

MLC T John, Deputy Commissioner Ashwathanarayana Gowda, Zilla Panchayat CEO Mirja Akbarulla, SP Manjunath Annigeri, ZP President V M Vijaya and others were present.

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