Special Correspondent

Constitute task force to monitor quality of work: Ugrappa

Bangalore: In the wake of rain havoc in low-lying areas of Bangalore city, the Congress on Friday demanded that the Government come out with a White Paper on the funds spent on repairing storm water drains in the city for the last two years.

Addressing presspersons here, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council V.S. Ugrappa urged the Government to constitute a task force for monitoring work on storm water drains to ensure implementation of quality works on time. He appealed to the Government to take up relief measures on a war-footing in the affected areas.

Heavy rain threw life out of gear in low-lying areas such as Arafatnagar, Bapujinagar, Shamanna Garden, Vijayanandnagar and Gangondanahalli.

People residing in low-lying areas lost foodgrains, clothes, books, and valuables. Mr. Ugrappa urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to pay compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each to the affected families.

To woo the electorate in the coming elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, the Government had proposed to reduce penalty levied on owners to regularise unauthorised constructions in the city, he alleged.

Stating that the State’s treasury had become empty, the Congress leader charged that the Government had stopped paying additional Rs. 2 per litre of milk for farmers.

Keeping an eye on elections to the Karnataka Milk Federation, the Government paid Rs. 2 a litre of milk to farmers in July. It had not paid the amount in August and September. Paying of additional Rs. 2 per litre would cost the State exchequer Rs. 25 crore every month, he claimed.

Alleging that the Government had no vision and commitment for implementing development works in villages, Mr. Ugrappa said Saturday’s protest aimed at exposing the Government’s failures on all fronts.