Udupi, Jan 10: ''Strive to increase the income and resources in the local administrative bodies,'' Home Minister and District-in-Charge Minister Dr V S Acharya said.
Addressing the members of the public after inaugurating the platinum jubilee celebrations of Udupi Town Municipality and the convention of local bodies of the district at the Mahatma Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday, Acharya said that all assets belong to municipalities should be identified properly and property tax should be collected promptly. “There is no need of increasing the property tax for buildings, houses, shops and other assets. But instead, local bodies can increase their income by collecting the existing tax efficiently,” he added.
It is quite natural that people often censure municipality officials. However, officials should not lose their patience while discharging their duty, Acharya advised. “I started my political career 42 years ago as a municipality member. Most of my dream projects including 24 hours water supply, proper road connectivity, cleanliness, streetlights and other facilites are being realised now,” he added.
MP D V Sadananda Gowda said that the local bodies should utilise government funds properly for the development of the town. MLAs Raghupathi Bhat, Lalaji R Mendan, Lakshminarayana, MLC Kota Srinivasa Poojari, Town Municipality president Dinakara Shetty and Deputy Commissioner Hemalatha were present.
Udupi CMC chalks out plans to beautify city
Udupi CMC has chalked out elaborate plans to introduce development programmes for beautification of the city to commemorate its platinum jubilee celebrations.
Speaking to the mediapersons here on Friday, CMC President Dinaker Shetty said e-governance will be introduced in all CMC offices at the cost of Rs 5 lakh. The Town hall will be renovated besides and Bhujanga park will get a facelift in the course of development process. Medical insurance will be provided to all the SC/ST community people coming under CMC limits. A commercial complex will be built in Malpe under IDSMT programme.
“Appropriate measures will be taken to introduce scientific disposal of solid wastes. Door to door awareness campaign will be held to aid segregation of organic and solid wastage in each house. 24x7 water supply facilities will be made available. Measures will be taken to lessen the Non Revenue Water Supply provisions,” he said.
The plaque marking the platinum jubilee celebrations will be installed in all the major places. A hoarding will be set up at Kinnimulki welcome tower. Similarly, huge metal boarding reading the platinum jubilee celebrations will be set up at major NH junctions. The boarding will be put up at the roads leading to Mangalore, Kundapur and Karkala, he added.
“A souvenir will be released comprising exclusive information regarding the footprints of CMC all these years. Cultural programmes, beach festival, folk fest, food festivals will be part of the celebrations,” he said. Vice President Indira Shekar, Standing Committee Chairman Mahesh Takur and others were present.