Mangaluru: DC office complex project progressing at snail’s pace even after five years

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jan 28: Administrative approval was obtained to build deputy commissioner’s office complex at Padil in 2014. As there was litigation in Chennai green tribunal over cutting of trees and handing over of forest department land, the housing construction board began the work in March 2018.

Initially, the project was estimated to cost Rs 41 crore. Later, the same was increased to Rs 55 crore. The first phase of the project was supposed to get over on September 16, 2019. Out of the Rs 55 crore for the first phase, Rs 51 crore is released to the contractors. Majority of the building, doors, railing work is over. In order to complete the project as estimate of Rs 29 crore is submitted to the government one-and-half years ago. But it is still not approved.

Because of no approval, it is not possible for the contractor to continue work. Only four to five labourers are doing work for namesake. In March 2020, MLA Umanath Kotian and in February 2022 district in-charge minister V Sunil Kumar had visited the site and inspected the progress of work. However, the work that needs to be done by the government is going on at snail’s pace.

In the second phase, finishing, power supply, electrical work, Ashoka pillar on top of the building, two elevators, air-conditioned hall, furniture, cable network, painting and development of drain for rain water, compound wall and interlock of the whole campus needs to be done.

Vijayakumar, AEE, Karnataka housing board, says, “The first phase work of DC’s office complex is 95% complete. We have submitted estimate of Rs 29 crore for the second phase work to the government. If the approval is given, then the work will get over in eight to 10 months.”

Hanumantha Kamath, social worker, says, “The government should have completed the work of DC’s office complex on time. Works that are not important are given grant of crore of rupees, while necessary project like these are kept pending. The remaining grant should be released before elections.”





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  • Rajesh Poojary, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sun, Jan 29 2023

    General opinion that this is waste of Public tax payer money . Moreover to accommodate this building chopped lot of trees which really hurt the environmentalist and neighbor hood . However complex should have been built in conservative, current trending architecture and eco friendly manner . But now time has been elapsed , Government can not demolish this building. Now Government resort to do or use this building because no other choices are possible . Without making any delay Government should take initiate to complete this building by providing sufficient funds and explore this building for serving the public service of DK district rather considering it only serve of DC office . Atleast this way tax payer money benefitted .

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  • Flavian, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 29 2023

    Approach right person, i.e. Mr. Naleen Kumar for quick action 🐎🤝

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  • Divakar V., Kankanady

    Sun, Jan 29 2023

    New D C Office Complex was brain child of B RAMANATH RAI then Forest Minister of Congress Govt. As a matter of fact present D C Office can be used for a other 30 - 40 years. This colossal wastage of Public tax money.

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  • Satish, Kudla

    Sun, Jan 29 2023

    This was really un necessary building when there was already an existing one. Lots of trees were chopped even with local resistance. Finally they built a building such a ugly looking building that takes entire space instead they would have built a tall tower which could have saved lots of trees. Yer ethu malla mandeda architect ta???

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    Govt has made it clear that all these projects are not important to build but only to get 40% to 100 % kickback to spend for love- jihad, communal riots and self enjoyment. Whose Father’s What Goes.

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  • Rajesh S Kotian, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    After took over the district charge, minister Kota shrinivas poojary and Sunil Kumar consecutively they made padil site visit to look after the DC office complex construction progress . They assured that inorder to complete this project required grants estimation will be submitted to the government & complex will be made available to the public at the earliest . I wonder to hear it is still not approved. This shows that ministers didnot put their ethical responsibility for mobilizing funds . We can not more expect from Kota & Sunil Kumar as basically they are belonging to different constituency , latter residing in Karkala constituency successfully conducted Karla utsava, built beautiful parashurama statue in hill of karkala etc . Meanwhile our local stars Nalin, Vedavyas, Khadar , Lobo were all failed to follow up for expedite the required funds to complete this project .

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    yeh project bhi ek jumla will completed at teh pace of rocket as soon as elections are over by the new non-saffron govt

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    Pay 40 % & DC Office will be ready by year end ...

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  • Vicky Raj, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    Once the contractor pay 40% all the issues resolves and project will be completed..

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    40% ಸಾಲುವುದಿಲ್ಲಂತೆ

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    Burj Khalifa took 6 years. Mangalore DC office is going to break records. 🤣🤣🤣. May be contractor not ready for 60 / 40. Toh samajh jao

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    any possibility of 40% virus attack...???

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