Mangaluru: A meeting regarding MCC water supply and the issue of dumping of debris on Thumbe water pipeline was held at the DC’s office here, on August 21.
MCC commissioner in-charge and deputy commissioner (administration), Gokuldas Nayak said that the pipeline which provides 1100 mm and 1000 mm water to Mangalore City Corporation limits, passing through the National Highway 75 via Padil, also passes through a land belonging to a woman who had applied for permission to gain access to her property.
“We have given permission on conditions that the owners of the land should construct a culvert above the water pipelines. Before constructing the roads, the structural engineer should approve the plan and it should be according to the Indian Road Congress model.” While constructing the bridge, 1.5 m distance should be maintained at both sides of the pipeline. If the area of the land is more than 1 acre, two culverts each 6 metres in width should be constructed. Also, measures should be taken to avoid accumulation of rain water around the pipeline. Wastes or debris should not be dumped near the pipeline. If the pipeline is damaged, the owner will be responsible and the expenditure for repairs will be borne by the owner. If the owner refuses to pay the damages, the MCC will take action, he said.
Responding on the above issue, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim said that many people are applying for conversion of land even though it may not have a proper approach road. Such issues will create problems later while developing the area. During the application process for conversion, the approach road is mandatory.
The DC also directed the MCC to issue notices to property owners who are abutting the National Highway at Thumbe to clear the debris or any kind of encroachment which prevents MCC from maintaining the pipeline effectively. He also restricted the MCC from giving connections through the ADB scheme. He also directed the officials to prepare a detailed report before 1 September. The owners who dump debris on the MCC water pipeline will be issued legal notices and action will be taken against them, he said.
Mayor Jacintha Alfred, Shashidhar Hegde and other officers were also present.