Drama marks MCC Council meet over AMRUT project

Allegations of incorrect estimation of AMRUT project pre-dominated the Council meeting
In the absence of a clear idea about accounting and estimation of the proposed Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, the Mysore City Corporation Council unanimously approved the drinking water project, believing that the project will help the city’s residents more than JUSCO, during the council meeting on Tuesday.
The council meeting held at Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Hall witnessed dramatic incidents while the MCC councilors were seen wasting time by engaging in unhealthy discussion and evading answers.

The council meeting witnessed heated discussion on the upcoming water project under AMRUT scheme. However, projects under JnNURM, JUSCO and AMRUT schemes were discussed taking noted of alleged corruption.

On alleged irregularities practices in another crore project after the JUSCO project, Corporator B M Nataraj highlighted irregularities in estimation of AMRUT project.

Though, Mayor B L Bhyrappa took noted of the alleged irregularities, he demanded proof for the allegation and issued suspension order against B M Nataraj for being unable to furnish proof against misappropriations in AMRUT project being sanctioned to the city.

Not accepting the suspension order, the corporator countered the mayor stating that the order amounted to insulting of the house and the mandate of the people.
Corporator Nataraj demanded the mayor to take stringent action against officials concerned. Following the drama, the mayor withdrew his stance.

AMRUT Project
AMRUT is a drinking water project initiated by the central government at an estimated cost of Rs 156 crore, with 50 percent from the central government, 30 per cent from state government and 20 percent from local bodies.

The central government has selected Mysuru seeking approval from both the state government and the Mysuru City Corporation. But the sanctioning, however, triggered heated discussion in the house witnessing adjournment of two council meetings held on March 29 and 31.
The council meeting was chaired by the Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna and MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath.

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