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MCC resumes ‘operation demolition’

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Source : The Hindu Date : 26.06.2009

MCC resumes ‘operation demolition’

Staff Correspondent



Encroachments on Dewan Road were cleared on Thursday.

MYSORE: “Operation demolition” to clear footpath encroachment was resumed in the city on Thursday. The drive began on Dewan’s Road near N.R. Choultry.

The operation was carried under tight police security.

The compound adjacent to the choultry of the Department of Muzrai that had encroached upon the footpath and also a portion of the drain was razed to the ground. A few petty shops on the footpath were also demolished. Clearance of encroachment on the footpath will help in the smooth movement of vehicles and pedestrians near the Amrutheshwara temple on the road.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2009 11:33
 

Landslip creates havoc in city

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Source : The Hindu Date : 26.06.2009

Landslip creates havoc in city

Special Correspondent

A few buildings on Arya Samaj Road have been severely damaged

 


A large bungalow, nursing home are worst hit

Police to send a report to Deputy Commissioner on the situation


— Photo: R. Eswarraj

PRECARIOUS: The landslip on Arya Samaj Road in Mangalore on Thursday brought a few structures near Mangala Nursing Home to the verge of collapsing.

MANGALORE: A large house behind Mangala Nursing Home, belonging to Loretta Rebello, appears to be standing precariously atop a hill following a landslip on Arya Samaj Road here on Thursday. A part of the retaining wall of the nursing home too has collapsed into the premises of another house at the foothill.

The large house is about 50 ft above the surface of a plot which has been levelled for the construction of a building by Srushti Ventures. Its office in-charge Shwetang Shah told The Hindu that the company was constructing a 43-ft retaining wall to prevent landslip. Already about 30-ft wall had been raised when the landslip occurred, he said.

Retaining wall

Mihir Rebello, son of Mr. Loretta Rebello, said the landslip happened at 2.15 p.m. when a huge chunk of soil slipped, bringing down the retaining wall as well as pillars. Mr. Rebello said the builder had not reacted quickly in taking precautions and reduce the damage from further landslip. He told The Hindu at 4.30 p.m. that the builder could have covered the surface with tarpaulin to prevent further loosening of the soil owing to rainwater.

The slush created by the landslip has splashed all over the house of Grace D’Cruz, which is about 20 ft above the levelled site. Boulders from the retaining wall of the nursing home have been strewn near the bedroom of her house, while its windowpane has been broken. B. Balakrishna Gowda, town planning officer of Mangalore City Corporation, said that the builder had been asked to complete the work before the beginning of the monsoon but this had not been complied with. The builder would be asked to evacuate the people from the two houses before carrying on with the construction, he said.

Niranjanraj Urs, Mangalore East police inspector, who visited the spot, said that Mr. Rebello’s family had been advised not to live in the house.

He said he would send a report to the Deputy Commissioner stating that the house of Mr. Rebello might collapse any time. He said the police had not received any complaint from the residents of the house.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2009 11:25
 

Corporator renews demand for probe

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Source : The Hindu Date : 26.06.2009

Corporator renews demand for probe

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Belgaum: Dharaj R. Gauli, corporator belonging to the Opposition in the Belgaum City Corporation Council, has renewed his demand for an inquiry by the Lokayukta into the funds spent on the construction of the new building of the corporation in Subash Nagar in the city.

Speaking to the press after the Mayor, Yallappa Sidraj Kurbar, adjourned the corporation council meeting soon after the presentation of budget estimates for the financial year 2009-10 following a protest by both the ruling and opposition benches on the poor quality of construction here on Thursday, Mr. Gauli said the Opposition had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on January 19 highlighting the poor quality of work on the building.

The memorandum had also urged the Chief Minister against inaugurating the building then as it [the building] had been constructed in an illegal manner without the approval of the corporation council.

He said the construction work was awarded to Hubli-based contractor through Mysore Constructions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, at a cost of Rs. 5.50 crore.

However, the corporation authorities had not provided details of the plans, structural design, material used and estimated cost to the Opposition in the corporation council.

He said the stand of the Opposition stood vindicated with the ruling benches also protesting against the poor quality work.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2009 11:16
 


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