OTHERS

20 bus stops to be built in corporation limits

MANGALORE, FEB. 26. The Mangalore City Corporation council, in its meeting on Thursday, resolved to invite tenders within 10 days for the reconstruction of existing bus stops and construction of new ones at 20 places in the corporation limits, based on a new design.

The Mayor, K. Diwakar, who presided over the meeting, said the bus stops would be built to international standards, with a provision for advertising. Such bus stops existed in Bangalore, he added.

The bus stops would be constructed on build, operate, transfer basis. New bus stops would be constructed near Kudmul Ranga Rao building; Wenlock Hospital; Hotel Perera at Hampankatta; Gokarnanatheswara Temple, Kudroli; Mannagudda Circle; Urva Stores (two bus stands); Infosys, Kottara; A.J. Shetty Hospital, Derebail; Kadri Park; A.J. Medical College, Balmatta; A.J. Medical College, post office; Mahaveera Circle, Pumpwell; Valancia Circle, Corporation Bank, Attavar; Kasa Grand, Attavar; NITK, Suratkal; NITK stadium gate, Suratkal; and Gokarnanatha College, Kudroli; and opposite Hotel Quality.

When Mr. Diwakar said that a Bangalore-based company had offered to construct the bus stops at the 20 places, Shankar Bhat, BJP corporator, wanted to know why the corporation should award the work to the Bangalore-based company by neglecting local builders, who could build such bus stops. Mr. Bhat argued that local builders should be given a chance to construct the same.

After debating the issue, the House decided to invite tenders to rebuild all the existing bus stops and construct new ones based on the new design.

Compensation

The meeting resolved to pay Rs. 1,000 as compensation to those bitten by rabid dogs in the corporation limits, provided they submitted proof with a valid medical certificate. A proposal in this regard was mooted by the Congress corporator, B. Vishwanath.

The House resolved to invite tenders for catching stray dogs and handing them over to recognised non-governmental agencies to sterilise them. It decided to invite tenders to identify agencies to sterilise stray dogs. (At present, the corporation has awarded the tender to Animal Care Trust, a NGO, to catch and sterilise stray dogs.)

Donation

The House decided to donate Rs. 1 lakh for the 71st All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan held at Moodbidri recently.

Drinking water

Mr. Bhat drew the attention of the House to the need to take steps to mitigate the drinking water crisis likely to grip the city in summer. He wanted to know what steps the Mayor had initiated as power shutdown had disrupted drinking water supply.

Mr. Diwakar said steps had been taken to ensure that farmers owning irrigation pumpsets did not overexploit water from the Netravati. He said he had discussed the issue with the district revenue authorities.

The Mayor said that in the wake of a severe water crisis gripping the city, he would take steps to get water from the vented dam built by Mangalore Refineries and Petroleum Ltd. across the Netravati. The Executive Engineer of the corporation said the power shutdown had hindered supply of drinking water. Considering the low level of water storage in the Tumbe vented dam, the authorities concerned would have to supply water once in two days from this April, he said.

Mr. Diwakar called upon people to use water judiciously. He instructed the authorities concerned to allocate water equally to all areas when the Opposition Leader, Mariyamma Thomas, alleged that there were disparities in the supply of water. The House authorised the Mayor to take a decision in case of emergencies pertaining to drinking water crisis.