Illegal buildings issue dominates Udupi municipal council meet

Staff Correspondent

Port officer has taken a week’s time to provide details

Council to identify places for holding public meetings

Malpe Development Committee should be disbanded, says councillor

Udupi: The issue of illegal buildings coming up on the Malpe port premises dominated the general body meeting of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) here on Saturday.

Councillor Kiran Kumar, who raised the issue, said there were at least seven buildings on the Malpe port premises, which had been constructed without obtaining licences. A former MP too had a building without licence there. “Do the municipal laws not apply to the port area?” he asked.

H.T. Narayanappa, CMC Commissioner, said that he had sought details from the port officer and the latter had promised to provide him the same in a week. “If there is no response after a week, the CMC will start issuing notices,” he said.

Mr. Kumar wanted to know how the CMC had permitted the Komu Sauharda Vedike to hold its protest meeting near the Old Flower Market on January 10. This was done in gross violation of a resolution passed by the CMC that permission should not be given to organisations which were unregistered or did not have proper addresses, he added.

Mr. Narayanappa said that in all municipalities certain spots were marked for public meetings. The vedike’s case would be inquired into. It would be better if the CMC convened a meeting and identified the places where public meetings could be held, he said.

Councillor Panduranga Malpe said the water fountain at Malpe beach had stopped working although it was installed by spending lakhs of rupees. People were blaming the CMC for it. The Malpe Development Committee had not held its meeting for the last six months. This committee should be disbanded, he said.

Councillor Nityananda Volakadu said that the upkeep of the town hall left a lot to be desired. There was a lot of garbage on its premises. The rent of the town hall should be reduced so that the poor too could conduct their functions there.

The CMC should take immediate steps to deal with accumulation of drainage water near the Shankarnarayana temple, he said.

CMC president Dinakar Shetty and vice president Indira Shekhar were present.

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