The corporators on Thursday came down heavily on Mayor B L Bhyrappa for allocating the amount for works which are of less important instead of considering the works which were of paramount importance.
At the council meeting held at MCC premises, most of the corporators opposed ‘unnecessary and unwarranted’ projects which have been sanctioned to the wards. The corporators sought a total review of the sanctioned projects.
The MCC had listed out various projects with an amount of Rs 25.50 crore – the general basic grants from the state government under 14th Finance Commission. The corporators said that the sanction of amount for projects was irrational and hence, the list should be reviewed.
MCC has sanctioned varying sums of amount for each ward to carry out various works – drainage works, works related to drinking water and solid waste management. But, corporators claimed that the works which need to be completed immediately were sidelined and sanctioned funds for works that could be carried out later.
Bhyrappa, however, called for a relook at the distribution of funds saying, a Works Committee would be formed along with political leaders to look into the issue. “Corporators will be consulted regarding the works and a revised list will be presented in the next council meeting,” he added.
Another concern raised during the meeting was with regard to purchase of desilting machines. The MCC had issued a tender for purchase of nine desilting machines for Rs 87 lakh. Two companies had participated. While Maniyar & Co., quoted Rs 133,65,000; 53.62 percent in addition to the mentioned amount by the MCC. Sadhna Enviro Engineering Services quoted Rs 79,65,000; 8.44 percent less than the mentioned amount. The councillors, however, said that there was huge difference in quotation and hence, the quality of machines should be checked before making any purchase.
As the difference of opinions refused to settle down among the corporators, Bhyrappa adjourned the council meeting to August 4 at 3 pm.
Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna and MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath were present.