Shoddy work while replacing an old water pipeline in Nandigudda resulted in the collapse of a part of the compound wall of the 115-year-old Saint Anthony’s ashram here on Tuesday. Officials of the Saint Anthony’s Charity Institutions said they had given several complaints to the Mangalore City Corporation “who had failed to rectify the situation.” They were forced on Tuesday to register a complaint with the Mangalore South Police Station and the MCC against the contractor who dumped debris alongside the Ashram.

“Over 400 destitute, mentally-challenged, orphans, and senior citizens live in the complex. We have had serious concerns over the dumping of mud. We had to call the police after the wall collapsed,” said Denis Prabhu, director.

Jecintha Vijay Alfred, newly-elected councillor of the Falnir ward, said the mud had been extracted by the contractor during the replacement of the old water lines that ran alongside the road. “We want the contractor to rebuild the wall,” she said.

However, those in the institute are not biting into the promises. In February 2010, another part of the wall had collapsed during the MCC road-widening work and till date they had not rebuilt it, said Mr. Prabhu.

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