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Probe ordered into projects to clear storm-water drains

The Hindu, 09 January, 2014


BANGALORE: Following complaints from elected representatives and officials that storm-water drains in the city had not been cleared of silt properly, an inquiry was ordered into the issue.


The matter was taken up on Wednesday at the first meeting of the city-level review and monitoring committee set up to look into the progress of works under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. Among those attending were Transport Minister and city in-charge Ramalinga Reddy, who chaired the meeting, Haj and Infrastructure Minister Roshan Baig, Mayor B.K. Satyanarayana, Ananth Kumar, MP, Congress MLAs S.T. Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Muniratna, BJP MLAs S.R. Vishwanath and Ravi Subramanya, JD(S) MLA Gopalaiah, and senior officials of the Bangalore Development Authority, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, and Karnataka Slum Clearance Board.


Mr. Muniratna alleged that silt removal in his Rajarajeswarinagar constituency was tardy and drains were not covered in residential areas.


He wondered why the work wasn’t finished during summer, instead of taking it up during the monsoon.


Mr. Baig wanted to know how much of the Rs. 350 crore paid by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike owards clearing of drains had been siphoned off by contractors.


They were backed by other representatives. In response, Mr. Reddy ordered an investigation into the matter.


Why wasn’t work completed during summer, asks Muniratna