Mangaluru: Minister for Urban Development Byrathi Basavaraj, on Saturday, February 29, visited the Pachanady dump yard and instructed the officials to take immediate measures to compensate those who lost their land and to construct a retaining wall to prevent further damage at the area.
When he visited Pachanady and the Mandara area, victims of the garbage landslide surrounded him and informed that no measures were taken even after nine months of the incident. They complained that several elected representatives and officials have been visiting the spot and giving assurance of providing appropriate compensation and permanent rehabilitation, however, all the promises remain unfulfilled.
Ganesh of Mandara informed that, despite a survey having been undertaken by a team headed by MCC Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Gayathri Nayak recently, the report given by the team was not correct. “As per the report, those who lost their land partially would get more compensation and those who lost their land would get less compensation. Hence, a fresh survey should be conducted and compensation and rehabilitation measures should be taken only after a complete assessment,” he said.
Another victim, Rajesh Bhat informed that even though officials and elected representatives are visiting the area, the locals are not informed about the same. “As we are kept in the dark, we are not aware of the developmental works which will be undertaken in this area. Though we are living in a housing board apartment now, we expect permanent rehabilitation from the government,” he said.
Responding to the grievances of the public, Minister Basavaraj strictly warned the officials to undertake immediate measures to construct a retaining wall at Mandara to prevent further garbage landslides and to provide permanent rehabilitation for the victims. “I will visit here next month to check the status of the work. If there is unnecessary delay in undertaking the work, strict action will be taken against the concerned people,” the Minister added.
MLAs D Vedavyas Kamath, Dr Y Bharath Shetty, MCC Commissioner Shanady Ajith Kumar Hegde, Deputy Commissioner Santhosh Kumar, Mayor Diwakar Pandeshwar among others were present.