Mysuru, July 4:- “Public representatives should keep aside all their differences and work together for development,” said District In-charge Minister GT Devegowda.
He was speaking at Jana Spandana programme organised at JK Grounds in the city on Thursday.
“Public representatives are here for the welfare of the people. We have to do their work. MLAs are supporting the officials for development works. Officials should give importance to the public works. They should not behave with arrogance with the public and need to be polite,” he added.
“If the city has to be protected, buildings constructed over drainages should be removed. I will visit the wards after the Assembly session. If any official or engineer is supporting illegal construction, they won’t be spared. You only get the encroachments cleared. Or else, you will be held responsible. Empty sites are full of weed and bushes. The public has complained of insects and electricity disruption. Concerned officials should take action,” he said.
“We have to plant and protect one crore trees in Mysuru city for our future. It is not only the job of the forest department, MCC and district administration. If we don’t plant saplings, the future will be disastrous. Organisations from Dattagalli have come forward, saying if parks are constructed, they would look after them. Doctors and engineers have made unions and are planting saplings during weekends. Such an initiative should happen at all the layouts,” the minister said.
“There is a shortage of drinking water in the city. We are trying to solve this. Many layouts still do not have proper drinking water. Kabini water can be brought from Hongalli, Megalapura in tankers under Amrut scheme. The Unduvadi scheme has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 550 crore to give a permanent solution for drinking water. Rs 350 crore has been sanctioned for the first phase of the project. Around 130 acres of land will be utilised for the project. Water should be used carefully,” he added.
Hundreds of citizens shared their problems with the minister.
MLAs L Nagendra, SA Ramadass, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar and other officials were present. (MR/HN)