People told to keep tabs on quality of development works

Staff Correspondent

Widening of roads high on agenda: CMC president

‘Allocation for Ashraya houses should be increased to Rs. 1 lakh’

Udupi: Dinakar Shetty, president of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC), said on Saturday that people, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and voluntary groups should check the quality of development works being carried out in their respective wards.

He was speaking at the public consultation meeting, organised by the CMC here to discuss about its budget for the next fiscal year.

Mr. Shetty said that the council open to people’s suggestions on the development projects. Widening of roads in the city and implementation of the second stage of “Swarna Drinking Water Scheme” were high on the civic body’s agenda, he added. In 2008-09, the CMC had asphalted the Nittur-Adkadakallu Road, Doddanagudde Road, Adiudupi-Kodavoor Road, Kanakadasa Road, and Vidyasamudra Road. In addition, the stretch between Diana cinema and MGM College, Narayanaguru Mandira to Brahmagiri Road, Kinnimulki to Diana Circle, Ambagilu to Tangadagadi, the Fish Market Road, and the stretch between Citizen Circle and Beach Road had been widened. The city bus-stand had been shifted to take up concreting work there, he said. Former councillor G. Prabhakar Nayak said there was a need to have a development plan for the city. It was necessary to have clear idea about the height and other parameters of buildings which should be allowed to be constructed. The width of the roads should be decided in advance. “The CMC should pass a resolution to increase the allocation of funds for Ashraya houses from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1 lakh”, he said.

Convener of Udupi Consumers’ Forum Damodar Aithal said that pre-budget consultations should be made a regular feature.

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