Mangalore April 21: Malpractices are surfacing prior to the conduction of Grama Panchayat elections alleged U T Khader, MLA, in Mangalore, on Wednesday, April 21.
Addressing mediapersons at the District Congress office, Khader said that in Talapady Grama, although Ward no 1 has the same old houses, 300 additional voters have been added from ward no 2.
He also pointed out that one family was found to be divided into different wards with same door number. Half the members of that house have to vote in one polling booth and the others in another. He also brought to notice that some polling booths are too far. Throwing light on a rule that the polling booth shouldn’t be more than 1 Km away, he stated that in Talapady grama’s Pooman ward, voters of K C Nagar have to travel all the way to Narla Padil about 3 Km far, to cast their votes. It may result in people not going for voting at all, he disclosed.
Khader opined that these drawbacks are not normal in nature and have been actually formulated by some people.
He appealed all the people to actively participate in voting and support the Congress party and elect deserving candidates.
Speaking about the Ullal sea erosion, Khader said that the problem would appear this time around as well. Therefore, solution for this problem, especially concerning the strip from Talapady to Karwar had been sought from the Centre, he informed. The Centre has put forth a national scheme which has been handed over to ADB who are selecting one ‘most affected’ area in each state. Ullal also figures in the areas identified by them. 80 percent of the financial aid for the purpose would be provided by the Centre and 20 percent from the State, he revealed.
He added that the environment and ecology department as well as the CRZ have approved the project. However, approvals from the Finance department in the State and Water Resource Department at the Centre have to be made which may take some time. Nearly Rs 160 crores would be spent to solve the sea erosion problems and about 70 crores for other developmental works pertaining to the coast, Khader said.
Plans are not only being made to stop sea erosion but also relating to promotion of tourism, fishing and other activities. Two submersible water reefs would be installed to break the water which would be the first such attempt in the entire country, he said.