Mangaluru: Opposition Deputy Leader and Mangaluru MLA U. T. Khader alleged that the BJP Government is not supporting to alleviate the problem of sea erosion for the last three years.
Khader has levelled direct allegations against the Government and the Dakshina Kannada District Administration. He said that I am not getting any support from the Government regarding sea erosion. When our Government was there, we had taken quick action when the road was cut and the house collapsed. But not a single work has been done since this Government has come to power. If we ask the authorities, they say that they have not received the order from above, he lamented.
— UT Khadér (@utkhader) July 1, 2022
I appreciate the work done by the bureaucracy in Dakshina Kannada District, Khader said and added, “But where is District In-Charge Minister Sunil Kumar? He should call a meeting and take urgent measures with regard to rain damages. No meeting of the Minister In-Charge has been held in the District so far. I have been saying about the problem persisting due to sea erosion in my constitue6ncy for the last 10 days. Even if the Deputy Commissioner has informed the Ministers of the District, they are not showing any interest. There is no slightest thought of visiting the place and taking proper measures. With right measures, hundreds of houses will be safeguarded.
But this is not being done by the Government and the District Administration. It is normal to have natural calamities during the rainy season. But there should be a monsoon session to discuss this. But this time the monsoon session has not yet been convened. Where should we discuss people’s pain? Call for an immediate session to discuss people’s pain and work that hasn’t happened, he charged.
No one listens to our problems, say sea erosion victims
In Uchila of Mangaluru, the village has been deprived of road connectivity due to sea erosion and the road between Uchila and Battapadi has been cut off, causing hardship to the villagers.
The locals say, “Political Leaders are not coming here. We are living in a rented house due to sea erosion. The rent has to be paid with the meagre amount that we earn. The Government has neither paid rent money nor house damage compensation.
They are not doing the work of controlling sea erosion by setting up stones at the sea. The local panchayat forced us to sign and has asked us to vacate the house and go to a government school. And they have taken it in writing that they are not responsible to our lives.”
They added, “At present, the road connectivity has also been cut off and there is no way to commute on vehicle. We have been here for many years after paying taxes. But when we have a problem due to sea erosion, no one listens to us.”
Though the rains have stopped in Mangaluru, the heavy sea erosion has not stopped. Heavy waves have been strong at Uchila, Battapadi and Ullal beaches and the road has been washed away due to the waves at Battapadi beach. The place has turned into an island without road connectivity. Residents of more than 30 houses are stranded without road connectivity and the waves are hitting houses near the sea. The retaining wall of some private beach resorts in Uchila too have submerged.