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Criminal cases against persons encroaching MCC acquired land: DC

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Mangaluru: Miffed with the officials’ act to issue notices to those who have constructed roads over the main pipeline that supplies water to the Mangaluru City Corporation from the Thumbay dam, district Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim said that mere notices were not enough and there was a need to file criminal cases against the parties encroaching the land.

During a meet chaired by Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake at the Dc office here on Monday January 11, to discuss issues in the MCC, the DC said that the land where the pipeline has been installed belongs to the MCC and encroachments cannot be entertained.

As the officials agreed to the DC’s order, a drive will be arranged involving the DC himself, thashildar and officials concerned of the MCC to clear off all the illegal settlements by January end in addition to filing criminal cases.

Illegal water connection

BJP leader in the MCC Sudhir Kannur alleged that many Gram Panchayats in the purview of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat steal water routed to the MCC from Thumbay river through illegal connections.

He said that the panchayats use water throughout the day but the bills are being paid by the MCC. As a result, the MCC is being compelled to supply water to public in its purview once in two days but the free users in the panchayat limits have access to water 24*7. In addition he said that a 2 MGD line has been given to the Zilla Panchayat, but their bills too are being put on the MCC.

In response, Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, who chaired the meeting, directed the MCC to take necessary action adding it does not have for wait for any specific permission.

Development of Thumbay dam

As work pertaining to the second dam for Thumbay river is underway, a senior official said that erecting of gates and setting up a control room is pending adding the work will be complete in three months time. According to him, 54 crores out of 68 crores sanctioned for the purpose have been used. Currently, the dam is being built four-metre long on par with the first dam. As MLA Lobo urged for certain changes, the CEO of the project was directed to make a detailed study of the project once again and submit the observations based on which a call will be taken.

Urban Development Secretary Anil Kumar, Managing Director of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board Manivannan and Director of Karnataka Municipal Administration were present among others.

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