Commercial stalls in Mudigere unopened a year after auction

A year has passed after the inauguration of the commercial complexes built by the Town Panchayat, but, as the auctioning process has not been carried out, the stalls are gathering dust.

Twelve commercial stalls for sale of fish and meat were opened near Adishakti Temple in Chatra Maidan on June 17, 2016. Former Town Panchayat president R Parvathamma inaugurated the stalls. Also, it was assured at the time of the inauguration that the auctioning process would be completed within a month. Even after one year, however, the stalls have not been auctioned.

Eight years ago, nine stalls had been built as a part of the Indira Gandhi Commercial Complex beside the National Highway 234 and were inaugurated by the then Town Panchayat president Latha Lakshman Shetty. The process of auctioning of the stalls was also completed.

The stalls, however, have not been opened yet, on the pretext that the auctioning rate was high. The doors of the stalls have already developed rust.

People have been complaining of an influential member of Town Panchayat illegally collecting rent from some fish and poultry stalls in the town. They have also accused the member of sharing the funds collected in the said manner with supporting members.

The people are, however, expressing disappointment that nobody is raising the issue in the Town Panchayat as there is no opposition party in the Panchayat. The president and vice president of the Town Panchayat are from Congress and BJP respectively.

The residents of Mudigere said that the implementation of the development activities in town has taken a back seat due to corruption.

Action should be taken by the concerned to initiate action against the wrongdoers, they demanded.

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