‘MUDA Near People’ at hobli-level from next month

‘MUDA Near People’ at hobli-level from next month

Minister for Urban Development and Housing U T Khader listens to grievances during a MUDA adalat in Mangaluru on Saturday.

Minister for Urban Development and Housing U T Khader said that the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) will reach out to people at hoblis on every Saturday in a month, to give single site approval.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said that the ‘MUDA Near People’ programme will be held at Bajpe, Mulki, Surathkal and Ullal.

The MUDA officials will visit these hoblis and receive the applications on the spot, conduct spot inspection and the applicants will be asked to pay the fee on the spot. Within three days, the single site approval will be issued to the applicants. Also, MUDA adalats will be held once in six months.

Stating that the MUDA adalats have received a good response, the minister said that 116 grievances were received and in this, 77 cases were verified. The problems pertaining to about 40 cases will be solved within a few days, he said.

As the code of conduct for the election to urban local bodies are in force, the grievances of citizens coming under Mangaluru City Corporation jurisdiction were heard. The grievances of applications of citizens of Mangalore taluk were also received, he said.

In a few cases, the applicants were found violating the rules, who in turn were asked to set them right by paying the fee. There are some legal hurdles connected to a few grievances which have to be decided at the state level, he said.

The MUDA has been directed to issue show-cause notices to the original owners of the sites who have sold the sites and fail to cooperate in getting single site approval to the new owner, he added.

The minister said that the layout rules will be framed in consultation with Urban Development Department secretary. Total e-governance in MUDA will be a reality shortly. To shorten the time being taken to get the approval of site plans from MUDA, the state government will shortly bring in an online system to get the approval, he said.

Khader also took part in a MUDA adalat. The adalat was organised solve the grievances of citizens with regard to various applications for approvals and to look into its status. The main purpose of holding an adalat is to listen to the grievances of citizens, who have applied for approvals for single site approvals, layout plans and other related works and are pending for various reasons.

Khader said that he and the MUDA commissioner will inspect the spot on August 7 at Sulthan Bathery, Prashanth Nagara, Bolooru in connection with the complaints received from the citizens during the adalat.

Sanctioned site missing

In an interesting case, a site sanctioned in a MUDA layout has gone missing in Mangaluru.

A woman from Mangaluru, who is settled in Bengaluru for 12 years, said her husband had applied for a MUDA site at Karanth Layout in Mary Hill in 2008. Accordingly, a three-cent land was sanctioned to him after he paid Rs 2 lakh. He passed away a few months ago. “Three months ago I visited the layout. To my shock, I found that the site, which was sanctioned to my husband, is missing,” she said.

Minister Khader directed the MUDA commissioner to file a criminal case against the concerned officer who had sanctioned the site and promised to sanction an alternative site to her.

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