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Residents protest irregularities in Kodigehalli CMC

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Allege some corporators collecting money illegally from residents and OFC firms


  • Traffic disrupted on Bellary Road for some time
  • No development work has been carried out
  • Area has no underground drainage and garbage disposal facilities

    BANGALORE: Hundreds of residents of Kodigehalli and Sahakaranagar in the Byatarayanapura City Municipal Council (CMC) limits on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of the CMC office protesting against alleged financial irregularities in the civic body. The residents also blocked the Bellary Road and disrupted traffic for some time.

    The residents, who marched to the CMC office from the Kodigehalli Circle, raised slogans against the councillors of Wards 14 and 15 alleging that they are illegally collecting water charges from residents and road-cutting charges from firms laying optic fibre cable (OFC).

    "We demand immediate action against all those involved in the irregularities. While a sum of Rs. 50 is collected from each of us towards water charges monthly, over Rs. 4.5 lakhs is collected from the OFC firms for cutting every kilometre of road in all the 31 wards of the CMC. But the entire collection goes to the councillors. This is a multi-crore scam and we have also approached the Lokayukta, N. Venkatachala," K.N. Jagadish, a resident, said.

    Other residents, Ashwath, M. Venkatesh, Anjanegowda and Mohan, pointed out that though the CMC authorities have been collecting development charges and property tax from the residents, no development work has been carried out.

    "While our roads are unusable, we have no underground drainage and garbage disposal facilities. The water supply is irregular and depends on our payment," Mr. Ashwath alleged.

    The members withdrew the dharna only after the CMC Commissioner, C.K. Dashwanth, assured them that all documents relating to the revenue collection will be computerised and made available to the residents within a fortnight.

    "The Commissioner assured us that the guilty will be punished after the Lokayukta completes the investigation," Mr. Jagadish said.

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