MLC Ivan D’Souza flays poor condition of NH 66

MLC Ivan D’Souza flays poor condition of NH 66

The unscientific and incomplete work on four laning of NH 66 has resulted in series of mishaps in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. How many years do they require to complete the work, asked MLC Ivan D’Souza.

Speaking to reporters, he said owing to unscientific road work, the rainwater flows on the road at Pumpwell, Nanthoor, Kottara Chowki and Mulki, instead of on stormwater drains.

Toll collection

“The authorities have been claiming that ‘best technology’ is being used for the national highway works. Is this the best technology? The toll is being collected by the NHAI even before the completion of the road work. Why the Member of Parliament has failed to review the works on four laning of NH 66,” he asked.

“Nalin Kumar Kateel has been representing DK district for the last 10 years. D V Sadananda Gowda was the MP prior to Kateel. In the last 20 years, the duo have only upgraded the state highways into national highways. However, the work on maintenance of the national highway has not been taken up,” he added.

The incomplete work on flyovers on NH 66 in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts have been causing inconvenience to motorists. The NH 66 is in a pathetic condition with huge potholes greeting the motorists. No efforts have been made to fill the potholes. What have MPs Nalin Kumar Kateel and Shobha Karandlaje been doing? he asked.

“Who should be held responsible for poor quality and unscientific works on the NH 66?” he added.

The MLC warned of staging a protest if the authorities failed to accelerate the work on NH 66. The NHAI has failed to take up the work on overbridge or underpass at Karnataka Polytechnic and Nanthoor Circle. The officials from NHAI have failed to take part in review meetings as well.

‘Demand for spl court’

A total of 2,484 cases under NDPS Act has been registered across the state in the last three years. The courts in all the 30 districts are hearing the case related to NDPS Act.

Out of 182 cases that were disposed of, the accused in 142 cases have been punished. There is a need to set up a special court for early disposal of the cases under NDPS act in the state.

He said the drugs are sold in the petty shops near schools and colleges. The home minister should direct the police to raid and inspect all the petty shops in their jurisdictions.

No illegal skill game

According to the answer given in the council, there are 10 registered skill game clubs in Dakshina Kannada district. No unauthorised skill game centres function in the district.

The government should set up a special station to crack unauthorised skill game centres in the district, he demanded.

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