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Making a point: Municipal Commissioner Prasanna Kumar speaking at the CMC meeting in Hassan on Monday.
Making a point: Municipal Commissioner Prasanna Kumar speaking at the CMC meeting in Hassan on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: At the extended City Municipal Council meeting here on Monday, Congress leader S.M. Anand suggested that the members take a delegation to the Chief Minister seeking a grant of Rs. 5 crore so that development works could be undertaken in the city under the Karnataka Municipal Reforms Project.

The general body meeting of the CMC held on Saturday was inconclusive as a result of which it was shelved for Monday. At the meeting, councillors cutting across party lines expressed concern over the failure of the CMC to conduct the cattle fair here. The fair was being conducted since 1904 by the CMC and later, the land on which it was held was given to the APMC. Ever since the APMC started conducting the fair, it has always been on a small scale. They appealed to the CMC to conduct the cattle fair on a bigger scale at the exhibition grounds and institute awards for the best cattle.

The councillors wanted more funds for the development of their wards as some of them were allocated funds for development. Recent rains in the city had damaged most roads and Kuvempu Nagar was the worst-affected.

Commissioner Prasanna Kumar said funds would be allocated to each ward so that relief works could be undertaken.

Councillors from the Bharatiya Janata Party K.T. Prakash and Manju said that all these years, crackers were being sold at the exhibition grounds and the CMC got revenue for it.

But this year, cracker stalls would be put up at the government stadium and this had deprived the CMC of its revenue. They said that earlier, stalls around the Hassanamba temple were auctioned by CMC, and urged it to restart such projects.

President of the Council Ratnamma, vice-president Shankar and MLA H.S. Prakash were present.

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