Deputy Commissioner instructed tahsildars of respective taluks to identify 30 sites, whose proposals were now pending before the Revenue Department, within a fortnight from Friday.

The Revenue Department will identify 147 sites for scientific disposal of solid waste in semi-urban and rural areas in Dakshina Kannada, according to Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda.

At a meeting with the zilla panchayat members here on Friday, Mr. Gowda said that disposal of solid waste was an issue in semi-urban and rural areas.

He instructed tahsildars of respective taluks to identify 30 sites, whose proposals were now pending before the Revenue Department, within a fortnight from Friday.

The 30 sites would be part of the 147 sites to be identified.

The Chief Planning Officer of the panchayat Mohammed Nazir told the Deputy Commissioner that in addition to 30 sites, the panchayat required 117 sites for disposing solid waste.

Mr. Gowda said that wherever the government land was not available, there was a provision to purchase private land. The Government would purchase them by paying three times more than the Government’s guidance value fixed for that area.

Referring to a case, he said that some people near Moodbidri had sometime ago opposed reserving land in their area for disposing solid waste. After they visited a scientific solid waste disposal site at Kundapur, they were convinced about it and agreed to allow for setting up the same model in their locality.

President of the zilla panchayat K.T. Shailaja Bhat had convened a meeting to discuss pending revenue issues with the Revenue Department officials.

The Deputy Commissioner said that a surveyor each would be deputed within 20 days for each taluk to survey land for identifying sites for Ashraya scheme applicants. Devaraj K.S., a member of the zilla panchayat, and two other members told the meeting that people were finding it difficult to get surveyors for their works.

Mr. Gowda said the district had been facing a shortage of 60 surveyors. Hence it was not possible to depute a separate surveyor for each taluk for surveying the land of government schools which did not have RTC (Record to Rights to Tenancy and Crops).

An official told the meeting that 10 sites were required for building hostels for students of backward classes and minorities.

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.N. Vijay Prakash was present.

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