MCC-MUDA split wide open

A clear case of non-cooperation between the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) was witnessed at a meeting held on Wednesday at the MCC Old Council Hall.

The meeting that was called to discuss the handing over of 62 MUDA-approved layouts on the Outer Ring Road to the MCC had to be cancelled as neither the MUDA Commissioner nor its Chairman turned up. They had instead sent two executive engineers to attend the meeting.

 Angered by the move of MUDA Commissioner and the Chairman for not attending the meeting, despite requesting them a week ago, MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa asked the MUDA executive engineers to leave the meeting hall, condemning what he called an “act of disrespect” from MUDA before calling off the meeting.

 “It is very unfortunate that MUDA is not willing to cooperate with MCC and has taken a stance which is against public interest. This is not for the first time that the MUDA is behaving in such a manner. The officials did not even turn up for joint inspection of the layouts. We alone had to do it,” Bhyrappa said.

 The mayor told media persons that MUDA had approved 62 private layouts on the outer ring roads without allotting any space for high water tanks, dumping yards and failed to install waste management units.

In fact, he added, the drainage water through UGD connection was let out to Naguvanahalli canal. “Though the areas do not come under MCC jurisdiction, the corporation, in the interest of public was facilitating all the layouts with basic facilities without any revenue as all the revenue was garnered by the MUDA,” he said.

 When the corporation asked the MUDA to handover the layouts for better management, though the officials orally agreed but seemed to be reluctant over taking further decisions, Bhyrappa alleged.

 Councillors also alleged that MUDA has also approved water connections on pro-rata basis and households were not paying monthly water bills. “Mysuru is supplied with 250 MLD water as against the requirement of 140 MLD. As much as 100 MLD water is used through illegal water connections including those approved by MUDA,” Corporator Girish Prasad said.

 City Today called up MUDA Commissioner M Mahesh and Chairman K R Mohan Kumar for their take but they did not answer the call.

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