Karnataka

Rats, bedbugs haunt corridors of power in Vidhana Soudha

CM, dignitaries forced to shift meeting venue

The stench of dead rats had some visiting dignitaries as well as Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa scurrying for cover at the Vidhana Soudha on Monday.

Four official meetings of the Chief Minister had to be shifted from an air-conditioned committee room (313) to the Chief Minister’s official chamber because the stench of dead rats and bedbug menace made it impossible to sit there.

As per the agenda of the Chief Minister, four official meetings were fixed at the committee room located on the third floor of the Vidhana Soudha between 10.30 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. But it was abruptly shifted, as senior officials felt it would be wiser to do so than subject the Chief Minister and the dignitaries to the smell and possibly bites too.

This apparently angered the Chief Minister, who expressed his displeasure about maintenance of the committee room by officials. Poor pest controlling system in the building is cited as the reason for rat and bedbug menace.

Generally, the government invites tender for pest controlling system in the Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha, M.S. Building, and V.V. Towers for a few lakhs. Sources said the menace of rats was common in the building since it was old and offices were full of papers and records.

In 2015, the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the Assembly that the government had spent ₹19.34 lakh in five years to get rid of rats and other pests. Nearly 50 rodents were killed every month, he had said.

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