Special Correspondent

Grievances are said to have been raised during poll campaign

MANGALORE: Thirumala Raya Halemane, a retired college teacher, who contested for the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha seat as an independent candidate, has prepared a list of problems faced by the people in Mangalore, Moodbidri, Kinnigoli. He wants to draw the attention of the administration to these problems.

Mr. Halemane claims that while most of the problems were raised by the people, some of them were noticed by him during the campaign which he undertook all alone.

Lack of toilets and inadequate protection from rain in various public markets in Mangalore, including the Central Market in Hampankatta, fish market near Nehru Maidan, and flower market in Kankanady, top the list of problems noted by him. Similar problems were raised by the people about the main markets and the areas around the bus-stands in Moodbidri and a few other places in the district, he said.

Mr. Halemane said in an email to the press that there was no drinking water facility in the surroundings of Kinnigoli despite appeals made by the aggrieved people to the elected representatives.

Facilities at the cape of Bengre were inadequate. There were lacunae in healthcare services to the poor, especially the daily-wage earners in many areas. The people of Mangalore were being charged more for direct flights to the Gulf compared to those travelling from Mumbai, he said.

He has urged the administration to address these problems at the earliest.

The retired professorsaid the issue of daily wage workers’ healthcare could be looked into by governmental and physicians’ associations. They could together provide these workers with affordable medical services.

These services should be in the vicinity of their residences as travelling and waiting at the dispensaries were both “expensive” to them, he said.He said he would like to see a district level solution arrived at for this problem, rather than making it into a huge national issue.