Halting of Mangaluru smart city works shows BJP’s inefficiency: UT Khader

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January 12, 2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 12: The inefficiency of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) and the BJP government has resulted in the high court suspending all ongoing works of smart city mission in the city, alleged Mangaluru MLA UT Khader.

He was speaking at a protest organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) against the MSCL, MCC and the government on Tuesday.

“The MSCL has failed to implement the Smart City projects effectively and it has been stopped following high court direction. It is the inefficiency of the MCC council led by the BJP. They failed to convince the high court and present facts. The MSCL should have made provisions to dispose construction debris scientifically before commencing works. I had prepared an action plan for the disposal of construction debris when I was the urban development minister,” Khader said and demanded the MSCL to clear the legal hurdles for smart city works.

Noting the BJP that bagged majority in the MCC council is vision less, Khader said the voters of the city voted the party with the hopes of presenting a better administration. “Now people of Mangaluru are repenting for electing the BJP in the MCC council. They have no futuristic vision towards city’s development. Though the state government had earmarked Rs 125 crore for MCC in the 2019-2020 budget, the BJP government has not released it. Meanwhile, the BJP corporators and MLAs in the city have no courage to question the government,” he said adding that people in the city have been facing multiple issues related to roads and infrastructure.

On the protest against farm laws, Khader said that it should not be considered as an agitation of farmers alone. The new laws will allow capitalists to exploit farmers, he said and called upon party workers to launch protest in favour of farmers.

K Harish Kumar, MLC and DCC president, said the ministers, MLAs, corporators and mayors from the Congress were instrumental in various development works that were launched the city.

However, in BJP’s administration in the MCC, they have failed utterly even in the implementation of solid waste management. “They increased the water supply cess three times even when people were facing difficulties due to pandemic,” he added.

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January 11,2021

Mangaluru, Jan 10: Two people drowned while 7 others were rescued when they were caught in strong waves in the sea at Munda Beach in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Sunday evening.

Police said on Monday that a nine-member group, who had gone to the beach near Sasihithlu, were caught in the strong waves while swimming. Fishermen rescued seven of them.

The body of Sunder (45) was fished out, while search is on to trace the one more person identified as Damodar (55).

The group had come from Thokur to attend a family function and went to the beach. They entered the waters despite warnings by local people. The rescued people have been admitted to a local hospital.

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January 15,2021

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Dharwad, Jan 15: At least 11 people, mostly women, were killed after a minibus in which they were travelling met with an accident in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Friday morning.

A group of 16 women from Davangere, who were members of the Ladies Club, were travelling to Goa for a vacation, when the incident occurred. 

The Dharwad Rural Police said that the women had decided to visit the residence of their friend in Dharwad for breakfast and had decided to take a detour. 

The minibus was crossing the Hubbali-Dharwad bypass, when it collided into the tipper truck which was coming from opposite direction as there was not enough room on the road to maneuver, Dharwad Sub-urban Police Inspector Yaligar said. 

Among the deceased include Preethi Ravikumar, the daughter-in-law of a former BJP MLA from Davangere’s Jagalur, Guru Siddanagouda. The other victims are Asha, Meerabai, Paranjyoti, Rajeshwari, Shakuntala, Usha, Veda, Veena, Manjula, Nirmala, Rajaneesh and Swati.

The injured were shifted to KIMS Hospital and several of them were said to be critical.

The 32-km Hubballi-Dharwad bypass is a single lane located along NH 48 between Bengaluru and Pune. Inspector Yaligar said that the residents of Dharwad had been complaining of the bypass being dangerous as the stretch is narrow and that it was not being used as a one-way. 

He said that the road widening work had been delayed for the last few months due to differences between the contractors and the government. “An accident case has been registered. We are still investigating the case,” he added. 

Superintendent of Police Krishna Kant supervised the rescue and relief operation. Police have also registered a case at Dharwad rural police station.

In a tweet, PM Narendra Modi said he is saddened by the loss of lives in the road mishap.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured," PM Modi tweeted.

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January 21,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 21: Former AIADMK leader Sasikala, who was rushed to the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after she was diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI). 

Sources in Sasikala’s camp said in Chennai that two tests – antigen and RT-PCR – conducted on her to check if she is infected with the novel coronavirus has come negative. “Doctors have informed that her vital parameters are fine with support,” a source said, adding that she has been diagnosed with SARI.

Sasikala, 69, was shifted to the hospital on Wednesday evening after her blood oxygen dropped to less than normal level. She was brought in an ambulance from the Parappana Agrahara jail and taken inside the hospital in a wheelchair. The former AIADMK “interim” general secretary is set to complete her four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets (DA) case on January 27 morning. 

Sasikala’s nephew and AMMK chief T T V Dhinakaran, who rushed to Bengaluru, expressed satisfaction at the treatment being given to his aunt. “She will come out of hospital healthy very soon,” Dhinakaran told reporters, adding that he has sought permission to meet Sasikala in the hospital.

The hospital had on Wednesday said Sasikala, who has co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and hypothyroidism, was admitted with cough and fever. Bowring Hospital authorities said Sasikala is currently under treatment and a panel of doctors will review her condition at noon.

Sasikala's counsel N Raja Senthoor Pandian had said prison authorities informed him that his client had intermittent fever for the past five days and that her blood oxygen levels were monitored regularly.

“The blood oxygen level witnessed a dip on Wednesday morning and that is when the jail authorities informed us of her health condition. The jail superintendent told me that my client is doing fine and her condition is stable,” Pandian said. 

Sasikala's hospitalisation comes exactly a week before she is set to walk out of Parappana Agrahara prison after completing her four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets (DA) case. The close confidante of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa surrendered before the jail authorities on February 15, 2017, days after her bid to occupy the Chief Minister's chair failed.

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