Stoppage of Smart City Projects, Incomplete Drainage are Filled with Debris

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Stoppage of Smart City Projects, Incomplete Drainage are Filled with Debris

Mangaluru: Kudmul Ranga Rao Girls Hostel, near PVS Building, Kodialbail-Mangaluru is the only girls’ hostel exclusively for the SC/ST students in the City has been a testimony to the government apathy for the last so many years. Finally after a few years, in the wake of the department receiving a large number of applications seeking admission to hostels, a proposal had been sent to the government for providing accommodation to the applicants in a rented building. And now the 36-year-old building is demolished, to give way for a brand new facility of four floors to be built in the same location at a cost of Rs 8 crore, where about 300 plus SC/ST Dalit girls will be accommodated as against the earlier capacity of around 130 students. Apart from accommodation, the hostelites will be provided with free food. (Ref: 36-Year-Old Kudmul Ranga Rao Girls Hostel Demolished To Give Way For Rs 8 Cr New Facility)

Old building has now been totally demolished

The original hostel building was inaugurated by the then Union Minister Janardhan Poojary along with MLA Dhanajaya Kumar and MLA Blasius D’souza on 2 October 1984, and after 36 years, this old building is being demolished to make way for a brand new girls hostel for SSLC Dalit students, with modern facilities. Recently the building was totally razed to the ground by heavy earthmovers/JCB’s and due to this, the incomplete drainage work near to this venue is now filled with mud, rocks. other debris- since the workers had left some openings/open pits all along the drainage work.

And it seems like no officials from Mangaluru Smart City Ltd nor Mangaluru City Corporation have looked into this mess, which is costing taxpayers money. Total carelessness and negligence when it comes to some of the Smart City Projects undertaken by MSCL. The stoppage of Smart City works has also benefited the scrap/rag pickers, who have been stealing construction rods, pipes, wires etc, thereby making a few bucks, either for food or alcohol. A few days ago Team Mangalorean caught hold of two drunkards who were carrying these steel rods- and while interacting with them, they dropped material and fled. Imagine how much of the construction materials are stolen by these ragpickers.

Does anyone care about it? Why would they, after all, it is the public and government money spent on these projects, and many of them are not done scientifically or unplanned. And by the time, MSCL settles the dispute with the High Court during the next Court hearing date on 20 January 2021, more materials will be stolen. What a waste of public money?


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  1. Eye opening report by Alfie maam and equally good comments by Joe D’Souza. Hope the leaders look in to this. I also see electrical wires in the photo. What if something falls on this? The neighborhood will not have power for a few days. Also, if someone or the JCB could get contact with live wires (I can’t see if they are bare wires though) ? Who is going to be responsible?

  2. Here is the miserable story for Public to read about this Project.
    1. Why was the Smart City Gutter job started when the MCC officials knew about removing such a large building. How smart these Smart City Engineers who do not realize that very heavy loaded tippers, JCB and Bulldozers are crossing over the 4-inch slab covering the footpath gutter. Slabs are cracked everywhere and now it will cost Tax Payers to replace those slabs. The gutter is already damaged and slabs are broken.
    2. When the building walls were coming down, did these stupid Contractor Supervisors and MCC Engineers ever realized that building material is going to spread on the footpath? They left the Covers Open. And now all the material like stones, plaster material, gravel will block the Gutter. I do not want to name the Project Supervisor and MCC engineer whom I brought to Site and questioned. Their stupid answer was that Govt. Department which is building that Hostel will clean out the gutter. By that time Rain will wash most of the material until the River and block the gutter.
    3. THe ignorant JCB Operator were pounding the walls and Concrete pillars with Hydraulic Hammers while the pieces of stones were thrown to the road while vehicles were moving and Pedestrians were walking. I brought my friend SI of Bunder Police Station and stopped this ignorance and installed Barricades. Also made the contractor cover the open holes with sheets so that Children will not fall into it and get injured due to ignorance.
    4. From day one all these North Indian Migrant workers were stealing Iron Rods whom I caught showing them Mobile Camera that I will show to Police. They ran away.
    4. Smart City Officials use their Hands First and Use Their Brain Next.
    5. Worst part of my effort to solve this situation, I personally Met MLA Mr Kamath at BJP Office near PVS Circle and requested Him to come to the site and meet me. He promised to come there in a short time after leaving the office in a few minutes. I waited on site for more than half-hour and he never showed up. When called office, He already reached MCC Office. I should have told that there is a ***** Bag on-site then all officials would have rushed to the spot.
    Note that there will be Innocent fatality at the site and then all other Media People will make a Camera Show on Site. Now only Mangalorean.com Media noticed this problem as usual. Thanks.

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