Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (JD)
Udupi, Jan 31: “Either give us poison or solve the problem,” a CMC member of Udupi municipality pleaded in the meeting for an unresolved sewage drainage problem in his area.
The incident occurred during the monthly general body meeting of the Udupi City Municipal Council on Tuesday, January 31.
Sundar J Kalmady, member of Kalamday ward, highlighting the pathetic state of Indrani river in Kalmady area said, “Indrani river has become more polluted in recent days. Due to the failure in the sewage treatment plant, all the effluents are directly coming to the river and to the sea. The river water looks like tar and the people of the surrounding are taking us to task. I can't tell the council what sort of words the people are using against me. I can't even express those words in this meeting. Either give us poison or solve the problem. Water pollution has also caused the death of fish on a large scale. It is difficult to live like this. Let us stop the UGD work from Kaup to Sasthan till the STP is repaired.”
Seconding the opinion, Vijay Kumar Kodavoor, member of Kodavoor ward also said, “The color of the silver ornaments have also changed due to the polluted water which is already evident. There are incidents wherein the relatives of the local residents have refused to have lunch at the latter's homes due to the foul smell. They are directly pointing at the city municipality for the issue. Fishing is also conducted in the same water which is sold in some other parts. This has to stop. ”
Answering the question, Dr Udaykumar Shetty, commissioner said, “There is no leakage now. All the underground drainage system waste is now being sent to the sewage treatment plant. The sludge was removed last In 2014. We have done an estimation for removing the sludge. A proposal for Rs 17 crore has also been sent for the other minor works.”
Ramesh Kanchan, opposition leader urged to curb the free hand given to tender holders of Malpe beach. He said, “Directly MLA’s name is being taken in this issue and the city municipality is also being targeted. Everyone says it is for supporting tourism. Are we looting the tourists? If we do not curb the free hand, your name will be spoiled, ” he warned.
Replying to the members' questions MLA Raghupathi Bhat said, “Earlier it was completely given to private people. After I became the MLA I turned the bidding into a semi private model. There are two tenders now. There is a condition in the tender that camera usage be charged. I have asked the district commissioner to call for tenders again so that camera usage is not charged. Few resorts have been built illegally. But when we go to vacate them, protests begin. We have ordered for one counter – one payment collection. These collections should include GST too. Locals are also involved in this process now. I will take care of my name. I have condemned the incident that happened with the vlogger.” He also directed the commissioner to cancel the tender and call for a new one.
Sumithra Nayak, president, Laxmi Manujath Kola, vice president and members, officers of city municipality were present.