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Tuesday, March 28 2023

Negligence in shifting colony hampers hospital construction in Mandya

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Mandya: The negligent attitude of officers in the shifting Tamil colony has hampered the construction of a Super Speciality Hospital (SSH). The State Government sanctioned Rs. 30 Crores for the construction of a SSH in the premises of Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS). But the plot where SSH would come up has a colony of poor on it.

The State High Court in the year 2015 itself ordered the State Government to clear the Tamil colony and rehabilitate the residents by finding a suitable place. The District Administration identified a plot in Chikkamandya for rehabilitating the people of the Tamil colony. But still, the concerned did not take any action in this regard.

If the authorities do not utilise Rs. 30 Crore grants for the construction of SSH the money will soon lapse.

The State High Court had issued a deadline of one and half years for shifting of the Tamil colony residents but even after six years, the colony has not been shifted. A social activist has already filed a contempt of court petition in State HC but still, officials are least bothered about it.

According to sources Karnataka Slum Development Board have been undertaking construction on the site identified for the construction of the colony and has sought one more year for rehabilitation.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka, RTI worker K. R. Ravindra said that if authorities do not take up construction work one more contempt petition would be filed in the court. He said during the tenure of Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, the government-sanctioned has Rs. 30 Crore and released Rs. 10 Crore for SSH.

Advocate Ramaiah said that if the authorities do not start work, the grants would go back after March next. He said the negligent attitude of the elected representatives and officials are hindering developmental works.

Mandya MLA M. Srinivas brought the issue of the SSH in the Belagavi Assembly session last week. Medical Education Minister Dr. Sudhakar said a meeting of the State Sewerage Abolition Board and MIMS will be called soon to sort out the issue.

Mandya Deputy Commissioner S. Ashwathi said that the construction of the houses in Chikkamandya is in the final stage. We will shift to the Tamil colony within the next two months.

According to sources, influential entrepreneurs have encroached on MIMS land along with Tamil colony residents. These entrepreneurs are running nursing, degree and ITI colleges in the encroached area. While clearing the Tamil colony these colleges would also have to be demolished hence they are obstructing the clearing of the colony.

There is a total of 524 houses in the Tamil colony and all families would be allotted houses in Chikkamandya.


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