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Bellary ZP members discuss plight of flood victims

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Deliberations:N. Rudragouda (centre), panchayat president, along with his deputy Manjamma and chief executive officer Muttaiah at the meeting in Bellary on Monday.
Deliberations:N. Rudragouda (centre), panchayat president, along with his deputy Manjamma and chief executive officer Muttaiah at the meeting in Bellary on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Express dissatisfaction over quality of rehabilitation efforts

BELLARY: Opposition members in the zilla panchayat have expressed concern over the plight of people residing in temporary sheds in flood-affected villages in Siruguppa taluk, especially after heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds lashed the district.

Raising the issue at the general body meeting of the BJP-controlled panchayat here on Monday, Mallikarjunaiah, Janata Dal (Secular) member representing Hatcholli in Siruguppa taluk, said the people on the banks of the Tungabhadra and Hagari were rendered homeless owing to severe loss of life and property during the floods in 2009. Even before they could recover from that shock, the recent heavy rain had made their lives even more miserable. Several temporary sheds have collapsed and rooftops of a large number of sheds were blown away in the recent winds.

Mr. Mallikarjunaiah also took exception to the failure of the officials and the zilla panchayat to come to the rescue of the flood victims. He urged the panchayat president to visit the affected areas to see for himself the plight of people living there. Akki Thotesh of the Congress said that the collapsing of several sheds only indicated the substandard quality of work carried out by rehabilitating agencies.

In conclusion of the discussion, panchayat president Rudragouda instructed the Executive Officer of the taluk panchayat to initiate steps to ensure their welfare. He also promised to visit the affected places along with officials.

The issue of erratic power supply also came in for discussion at the meeting. Members cutting across party lines blamed officials of the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company for not taking steps to restore the electricity poles that had fallen due to the recent winds.

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