Row over CDP: Council meet ends abruptly

Circular on revised plan will be issued soon, asserts Mayor

Row over CDP: Council meet ends abruptly

Congress members holding protest inside Council hall of  Mangalore City Corporation council on Monday.

The meet witnessed furore as Opposition Leader D K Ashok Kumar from Congress raised the issue of CDP for Mangalore city. Kumar asked the council to clarify as to when the CDP will be implemented. “Poor citizens are not able to construct houses in their small land holdings. Hence, the council should clarify whether the CDP has been amended to find solution to the problems of the poor,” he added.

Congress member Naveen D’Souza said that the MCC do not take action even when shopping malls and high rise buildings are being constructed without following rules. Further, without referring to District In-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar’s name, D’Souza said, “Minister himself has participated in the inaugural function of one such shopping mall in the city.”

However, the scene turned ugly when corporators from BJP surrounded and quarrelled with independent member Mariamma Thomas, who entered the well of the house expressing her anguish over the CDP issue.

Later, when the meet resumed after a short break, Congress members continued their protest shouting slogans against the State BJP government and the Council.
Answering to opposition’s query, MCC Mayor Rajani Dugganna clarified that the matter was discussed with the Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar.

 “A circular with regard to the revised CDP will be out within short period.” Former Mayor and senior BJP member M Shanker Bhat said that opposition members should stop the protest and participate in the discussion on water supply and other development issues, if they have concern towards citizens. In the meantime, Chief Whip Ranganatha Kini read out the agenda of the meeting. Council approved the same without discussion, before the meet ended abruptly.

Resolutions

The council has approved the proposal of levelling seven acres of land reserved for new bus stand at pumpwell at an estimated cost of Rs 94 lakh.

The Council has decided to seek legal advice with regard to the proposal of construction of new vented dam of 7 meter height at Thumbe, as about 69.48 hectares of land will be submerged in the process. The meet also resolved not to collect water in the new dam before paying compensation to displaced villagers. Commissioner Dr Vijayaprakash was present.

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