Staff Correspondent

It will look into execution of World Bank-assisted schemes

  • It will be headed by the CEO of the zilla panchayat
  • `Project executed at Mogra has become defunct'

    MANGALORE: A three-member team headed by Chief Executive Officer of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat A.M. Kunjappa will look into alleged irregularities in the World Bank-assisted drinking water and sanitation schemes implemented at Mogra and Ujire in Belthangady taluk.

    The decision was taken at the sixth general meeting of the panchayat here on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by panchayat president Sushma Janardhan. Responding to the accusation made by Shavul Hameed K.K., member from Kaniyoor, in this regard, Mr. Kunjappa said Deputy Secretary P. Shivashankar and Executive Engineer N. Narasimharaju would assist him in this task.

    Mr. Hameed said the project executed at Mogra 10 years ago had become defunct, as the pipes laid for the purpose had been stolen.

    He said that there was lack of clarity over who had to maintain the water tank. The project planning and monitoring unit of the World Bank had been wound up and the files pertaining to the project would have been handed over to the Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Mr. Kunjappa said.

    The CEO assured Mr. Hameed that he would write to the director of the agency seeking the project files or approach the Principal Secretary of the Department of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development if needed.

    Meeting hall

    Mr. Kunjappa said the panchayat had set aside Rs. 33 lakh given to it under the 12th Finance Commission funds for the construction and maintenance of buildings. Besides, the panchayat had also urged the Government to give a grant of Rs. 50 lakh for the construction of a hall with a seating capacity of 350, he said.