Staff Correspondent

24-hour helpline established in municipal council office

Public grievances can be sent through CMC website

Stormwater drains being constructed along important roads

Udupi: President of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) Dinakar Shetty said on Monday that a 24-hour helpline has been established at the CMC office to register the complaints from public. Efforts will be made to attend to the complaints so registered at the earliest, he added.

Addressing presspersons here Mr. Shetty said that the CMC was committed to taking its services to the doorsteps of people. Should there be any lacuna in its services, the people could dial the helplines 2520306 and 4294443 or post their complaints through the website, he said.

Road development

Road dividers would constructed on the stretch between Swagata Gopura and service bus-stand road, via Diana Circle and K.M. Road, under a scheme to beautify the city.

The road from the Swagata Gopura to Taluk Office had been converted into a four-lane. Street lamps would be installed on this road on “build-operate-transfer” (BOT) basis, estimated to cost Rs. 65 lakh.

Footpath with stormwater drains under it was being constructed along this road at a cost of Rs. 4 crore, he said.

Storm water drains

Similar footpath was being constructed on the stretch between Diana Circle and Maruti Veethika Road at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The process of land-acquisition had begun for the proposed widening of the Ambagilu-Kalsank Road. Plans were foot to develop this road into a four-lane one. “This is one of the most ambitious projects taken by the CMC,” Mr. Shetty said.

Bhujanga park

The Bhujanga Park renovation was being contemplated.

The CMC was expecting Rs. 12 lakh from Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (KUDCEMP) for this purpose. In addition, the civic body would earmark Rs. 5 lakh from its funds.

The Karavali Karnataka Development Authority had been asked to provide Rs. 1 crore for the renovation of the Town Hall, Mr. Shetty said.

Garbage disposal

The construction of the Rs. 5.65-crore solid waste management plant at Alevoor village, under the KUDCEMP, was under way. Garbage from different parts of the city was being transported with the help of one mini lorry and six auto-tippers operated by the self help groups (SHGs).

A decision had been taken to purchase 18 containers for dumping the garbage. The new building of the district central library was in the final stages of its completion. The CMC had ploughed in an amount of Rs. 15 lakh for it, Mr. Shetty said.

In-charge CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak and councillor Pandurang Malpe were present.