The increase in the guidance value of properties in the city has been limited to 30 to 50 per cent following objections raised by the people of the city, according to Mangalore City South MLA J. R. Lobo.

He told presspersons here on Wednesday that the State government, which had sought to increase guidance value by 50 to 80 per cent for all cities, had conceded to the demands of Mangaloreans. An order has been issued revising the guidance value of land in the city, he said.

The MLA said the government was expected to approve the Rs. 170-crore scheme for laying a network of new drinking water pipelines in the city

Mr. Lobo said though main water supply lines laid under a government scheme were new, the ones connecting houses from the main supply lines were old and needed replacement. Leaks in these lines cause 35 per cent loss and by replacing the pipes the pilferage could be brought down to seven per cent.

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