MCC may tap World Bank, State Government for funds

The council of Mangalore City Corporation at its meeting on Monday approved the civic body’s proposal of going for round-the-clock water supply in its wards on its own.

The council dropped an earlier proposal of entrusting the round-the-clock water supply to a private agency by asking it to invest funds required for the supply.

The House decided that loans and internal accruals would be the main sources of funding for the corporation. It resolved that water should be supplied round-the-clock without hiking the tariff. The council decided that the corporation should maintain the infrastructure.

Corporation commissioner Harish Kumar K. told the council that Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had adopted round-the-clock water supply in eight wards on a pilot basis by availing loan from the World Bank and from grants from the State Government. It was now planning to extend the same to all its wards. The same model could be adopted in Mangalore. Mangalore City Corporation would be able to repay Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 6 crore annually as loan instalment from its own fund.

Dispensaries

The council agreed to allow Karnataka Ayurveda Medical College here to manage the free dispensaries of the corporation at Urwa Market and Bejai as the civic body had been facing dearth of doctors. It agreed to allow Srinivas Institute of Medical and Research Centre, Mukka, to provide medical services at the city family welfare centre of the corporation in Kuloor. Those institutes would have to enter into an agreement with the corporation and agree to certain conditions to be laid. Those institutes could treat outpatients and should purchase medicines on their own. If additional treatment was required, those institutes would have to admit the outpatients.

An agenda note tabled at the meeting said that of the 10 health centres of the corporation four have been handed over to private medical institutes for their management.

The council approved the draft bylaw of the corporation for plastic waste (management and handling).

Road widening

The House approved a proposal to widen four narrow roads in the city. They are Ganapathi High School Road; Sharavu Mahaganathi Temple Road from Hotel Vimalesh Junction to Karnad Sadashiva Rao Road; Panje Mangesh Rao Road and Naguri to Mangalore Central Railway Station Road.

The council resolved that 22.31 cents of land from eight property owners on Kadri Kambala Road required to widen the road should be either acquired or taken possession of by giving owners TDR (transferable development rights). The council took the decision as the property owners had objected to part with the land.

Mayor Gulzaar Banu presided over the meeting.

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