Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath who is retiring from service on July 31 received a warm farewell from the council members who felicitated him and wished him a happy retired life.
The contributions of Dr Betsurmath were recalled. He served the MCC for about 1 year 10 months. Earlier, he served as the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru and the Commissioner of Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
During his tenure as MCC Commissioner, Mysuru got the status of cleanest city of India under Swachh Bharat Mission for the second time in a row. A native of Belagaavi district, Dr Betsurmath was instrumental in launching certain initiatives, especially in solid waste management front. Councillors, cutting across party lines, complimented the outgoing commissioner for his innovation that helped the city get name and fame, and bringing reforms in the administration.
The meeting also cleared an action plan to spend Rs 25.50 crore of the general basic grant of the 14th Finance Commission after bringing a few changes to the plan on spending to ensure scientific distribution of funds to all 65 wards based on necessity of listed works.
The distribution of money towards ‘unnecessary projects’ was met with immense criticism during the last meeting as councillors sought the review of the plan.
Drinking water works, community toilets, underground drainage, solid waste management, storm water drains, maintenance of public properties, maintenance of roads and footpath, installation and maintenance of street lights are among the works necessary to be taken up from the grant in the wards.
The Mayor also took objections to some MCC officials holding meeting with local MLAs without bringing the matter to the notice of MCC or inviting the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor.