Maladministration issues come to the fore during MUDA adalat

Residents of Prakash Nagar in Derebail accused authorities of allowing access way to an apartment through a park, while those from Sulthan Battery said too much land was being earmarked for the proposed widening of a road in the area. An association of tile manufacturers also demanded clarity on development of road on the riverfront. These were among the issues that were raised during the maiden Mangaluru Urban Development Authority Adalat held at the MUDA office on Saturday.

Urban Development and Housing Minister U.T. Khader, who chaired the meeting, said he will personally visit the three places with officials on Tuesday and then take steps to address it.

Residents of Prakash Nagar said the builder was allowed access way through the park area in the locality. They said authorities have not marked the 12 cents of land donated by the builder in lieu of the access way and allowed the builder to encroach upon a portion of the donated land.

“We want our park in a good shape. Presently it’s not,” a resident said. Shrinivas Rai, from Western India Tiles Manufacturers’ Association, said around 30 tile manufacturers are not in a position to sell the land because of lack of clarity on the Mangala Corniche project and the proposed riverfront road.

Mr. Rai said as per the master plan relased in 2008-09, the Mangala Corniche road was passing through their land. When nothing has been done for Mangala Carniche road so far, the State Government has now proposed to have river front road.

A resident of Sulthan Battery said he and several other residents, who are mainly fishermen, will lose a large portion of their land as the masterplan has proposed to have a wide road. He said there was no need of a road similar to ring road in the area where the vehicle circulation was less.

A resident of Bejai accused MUDA officials of doing a wrong survey for a single site approval that had narrowed down the six-metre wide road at several points in a locality. Mr. Khader directed the Commissioners of the MUDA and the Mangaluru City Corporation to visit Bejai and rectify the problem. There were a few cases of allegations including one made by Councillor and former Mayor Kavitha Sanil against MUDA officials taking bribe for approving building plan. There were allegations against officials allowing brokers in the MUDA premises who were charging exorbitant charges from people for approval of plans.

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