The Mysore Zilla Panchayat (ZP) will soon take a decision on demolishing dilapidated school buildings in the district to the pave way for new ones.

Panchayat president K.P. Siddaveerappa, who presided over a general meeting of the panchayat here on Tuesday, announced that the decision would be taken in a week. The announcement followed animated discussions by members cutting across party lines on old and dilapidated school buildings in several taluks of the district and the dangers they posed to students.

Intervening, Chief Executive Officer of the ZP P.A. Gopal said no-objection certificate from the engineering department concerned was needed for demolishing such school buildings. Mr. Siddaveerappa said the issue would be decided at the meeting of the ZP Standing Committee on Education and Health by involving officials from the Education Department.

The issue of road development in the district figured prominently in the meeting with members such as M.B. Sidde Gowda, C.T. Rajanna, Nandini Chandrashekar and L. Madappa questioning Mr. Siddaveerappa over the tardy progress of roadworks, particularly in rural areas. Mr. Sidde Gowda said the grant to develop roads in Mysore district was being whittled down every year compared to some smaller districts. It was down from Rs. 3.66 crore during 2011 to Rs. 3.2 crore during 2012.

Mr. Madappa suggested Mr. Siddaveerappa order a survey of roads in the district to submit a fresh proposal to the government to seek additional funds. Mr. Siddaveerappa announced that a meeting would be convened in 15 days by the Chief Executive Officer to take a decision on the issue.

NTM School

Members said the decision taken by the previous State government to handover the century-old New Type Model (NTM) School in the city to Sri Ramakrishna Ashram should be annulled and the school be retained as the ZP property. The ZP had passed a resolution in its previous meeting opposing the handing over of the school to the ashram.

Atrocities on women

The former president of the ZP Sunita J. Veerappa Gowda, who broached the subject of atrocities on women, said the police were failing to register complaints and act against the culprits in certain cases. Intervening, M. Sudha objected to the general remarks against the police and asked Ms. Gowda to specify the case and the police officer involved.

Earlier in the day, the members extended congratulatory wishes to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who hails from Mysore district, on assuming charge.

The members felicitated Mr. Gopal by offering him a plant as it was his first meeting in the Mysore ZP.

Vice-president of the ZP M.K. Suchitra was present.

Mysore ZP to take a decision in a week