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Bad roads irk ZP members

Staff Correspondent

‘Adequate funds not being released to coastal districts'

Udupi: The issue of non-release of funds for repair and maintenance of roads dominated the Udupi Zilla Panchayat meeting here on Tuesday.

Raising the issue, Bhujanga Shetty, member, said no grant had been released by the Government for repair and maintenance of roads. Contractors did not replace the drinking water pipelines damaged while building roads under the Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the district. Six gram panchayats had made complaints in this regard, he added.

Raghupati Bhat, MLA, said that Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar had informed him that the Government would release Rs. 50 lakh for repair and maintenance of roads in every Assembly constituency. He had urged the Government to release at least Rs. 1 crore for repair and maintenance of roads in the district.

Adequate funds were not being released to coastal districts because the Nanjundappa Committee report had stated that they were developed ones. Most of the grants were going to the districts that had been considered backward by the committee, Mr. Bhat said.

Janardhan Tonse, member, said that a commercial complex was being constructed on the land owned by the zilla panchayat at Amasebail village. He demanded that legal action be initiated in this regard.

Geeta Naik, member, said that it had been decided that the matter should be investigated by a committee headed vice-president of the zilla panchayat Santoshkumar Shetty.

Mr. Raghupati Bhat said that the allegation by the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti that additional fees were being collected in the Government Pre-University College was false.

Efforts were being made to provide the best possible facilities for students of the college.

The new building of the college had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 85 lakh with the help of philanthropists, he added.

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