Mayor Kavitha Sanil said that officials have failed to disconnect illegal water connections and other illegal works in the Mangaluru City Corporation jurisdiction.
Speaking at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, she said, "The mayor alone cannot check the illegal connections and other irregularities in the City Corporation jurisdiction. The officials have failed to implement the orders passed in the Council of the Corporation."
When an official said that Rs 70 crore revenue is yet to be collected, the Opposition termed it as "a failure of the administrative mechanism," which enraged the Mayor, who in turn said, "Every corporator should inform the officials of the illegal water connections in their area and extend their help to the officials in disconnecting such water connections."
Mayor said that so far a water bill of only Rs 23.73 crore has been collected. "About Rs 26 crore are yet to collected and directed the officials to ensure that the water bills are collected effectively. Huge defaulters remain untouched while it is the poor and middle class citizens who pay the water bill promptly," she added.
Opposition members Premananda Shetty and Sudheer Shetty said that the wetwells at Padil and Jalligudde are not functioning. Appi said that out of four pumps, the only one pump that functions is the Jeppu Bappal wetwell. As a result, the sewage is entering the houses.
Executive Engineer Gururaj Maralihalli promised to repair the pumps within 15 days. Further, he said that tender has been invited to rectify the missing links of main sewer lines in Surathkal. MCC Commissioner Mohammed Nazeer said that a sum of Rs 185 crore has been sanctioned under the AMRUT scheme, of which, Rs 2 crore will be utilised for developing parks, Rs 4 crore for the construction of stormwater drains and Rs 55 crore will be used for rectifying UGD works in Surathkal.
Appi said that with the 24.10% fund for the welfare of SC/ST beneficiaries, houses have been sanctioned for 160 persons. In spite of laying foundation for the houses, the grant from the Central government has not been released so far.
Community Affairs Officer Malini Rodrigues said that under the housing schemes for SC/ST beneficiaries, a total of Rs 4.30 lakh is given, which includes Rs 1.5 lakh from the "The Central government and Rs 1.80 lakh from Ambedkar Awaz Yojana. The centre has just given an instruction on updating the progress of the work on the house through an App two weeks ago. The updataion work is in progress. Once the progress is updated, the amount will be released for the house construction," she added.
Failure to implement the promises made during the phone-in programme by the Mayor led to Opposition and ruling members levelling allegations against each other, which created commotion and chaos in the council.