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Makkaji Chowk Complex row, water problems, funding issues dominate MCC Council meet

 Various corporators aired their grievances regarding inadequate water supply, insufficient funding

 After a long debate that took place at the MCC Council meeting on Friday, the city corporation decided to go for arbitration to find solution to the long-pending dispute with Maverick Holdings and Investments Private Limited over the proposed commercial complex at Makkaji Chowk.

Mayor B L Bhyrappa read out the decision favouring arbitration, to which BJP corporators H S Nandeesh Preetham and Shivakumar and independent Corporator R Ravindra Kumar opposed any such talks stating that it might be an unnecessary burden to MCC. If the arbitrator’s ruling goes in favour of the company, then MCC will have to pay a huge amount, they said.

The MCC was supposed to hand over 4.19 acres of land for the proposed commercial complex within 45 days of the agreement. However, only 2.68 acres of land was handed over to the firm, on which a part of the commercial complex was built and completed in the year 2013. As the MCC failed to hand over total extent of land, the firm had decided to approach the arbitrator body, as per the agreement. The MCC authorities tried their best to settle the matter without intervention of arbitrators in vain.

On February 12, 2016, an order from the High Court nailed the efforts of the civic body. The court, in its order, appointed retired Supreme Court Judge R V Raveendra as the arbitrator.
 
Mayor B L Bhyrappa took officials to task for calling Water Board tender for the second phase of work under JNNURM 24×7 projects without bringing it to the notice of MCC. “The tender has been called without holding a discussion before the council. Does it come under the purview of Commissioner to take on work independently?” he questioned.

Opposition party leader Jagadish said though Mayor has declared that Rs 30 lakh per ward will be provided to fill the potholes, the amount has not been released  and he has received only Rs 4 to 5 lakhs, to which former mayor R Lingappa also expressed dissatisfaction and urged the authorities to release the money at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the alleged poor quality of wok at Chamaraja Double Road also attracted severe criticism from the corporators. The Mayor said he will inspect the ongoing works and take a decision.

At the meeting, it was also decided to take up the construction of a comperehensive drinking water supply purification unit at Beechanahalli at an estimated cost of Rs 545 crore. Water will be supplied to Mysuru city from Cauvery river source via this unit.

Raising concern over unequal distribution of water, Corporator Ramprasad said that there is illegal transportation of water wherein a few wards are getting water on every fourth day, while the remaining wards get water only once a week. “This is sheer negligence. As the summer has set, the wards getting less water might have to face severe water crisis if necessary action is not initiated,” he added.

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