‘A Rs 36-crore project to built underground drain in Malpe and Santhekatte ready'

The issue of poor condition of roads in the city dominated the general body meeting of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) here on Tuesday.

Raising the issue, councillor Sumitra Nayak said roads in Parkala ward were full of potholes. Councillor Mohan Upadhya said most of the roads got damaged owing to rain. The CMC should conduct a survey of such roads and formulate an action plan to repair them, he added.

Councillor S.P. Kudva said Kukkikatte road was in poor condition. Processions during Ganesh Chaturti passed through this road. Hence, the CMC should repair the road soon.

K. Raghupathi Bhat, MLA, said a meeting of officials and people living in the area below the Manipal Drinking Water Pump Station in Parkala would be called soon to discuss whether the road there should be widened. Councillor Panduranga Malpe said the road from Karavalli Junction to Malpe beach should be widened. He demanded that a bridge be built to connect Malpe with Padukere. Mr. Bhat said a report on widening the road had been sent to the Centre but there had been no response from it. Hence, the State Government would acquire land for widening the road. The Government had given technical sanction to construct a bridge from Malpe to Padukere, he said.

Councillor Jayananda said the wards on the outskirts of the city still did not have an underground drainage system.

Mr. Bhat said a project to build such a system in Malpe and Santhekatte had been prepared. This project had been estimated at Rs 36 crore and the work would begin next year, he said.

M.R. Pai, councillor, said sewage from the government hostel at Indira Nagar had been directed to a storm water drain leading to pollution. CMC president Kiran Kumar said he had informed the Social Welfare Department to construct another septic tank for the hostel.

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