Citizens send 'lookout poster' for corporator Mangalore
Oct 07, 2012
Source : The Times Of India


MANGALORE: It's a poster this North Mangalore corporator could have done without.
Upset that their repeated pleas to address civic woes fell on deaf ears, the residents of Jeppu Bappal in Mangalore have plastered the walls with lookout posters for area corporator S Appi of the Congress. The area has a healthy mix of the rich and the poor with a fair sprinkling of apartments. Which means the problems of a developing area plenty, and its demands so much more.
The poster's message is ominous: "Those who find the missing corporator will be rewarded suitably." Not that Appi, a second-time elected representative, is incommunicado. On Friday, she visited an anganwadi centre in the area. The resentment is so much the residents are planning a Shramaadan on October 8 to make the road motorable.
The pathetic condition of the road tops the litany of woes. Area's Kevin D'Souza said Nandigudda Ist Cross Road in Shanthinagar has not been asphalted for six years. The corporator told them to approach the Mangalore City Corporation which has left the residents baffled. Kevin asked: "Why should we go to the corporation when we have elected a corporator for our area?"
The corporator said she has taken measures to improve the condition of the road. Appi told TOI that Rs 8 lakh has been sanctioned to asphalt the road and the proposal is in the tendering stage. "We'll start the work once the tender process is complete. I've made arrangements to fill potholes. All other issues will soon be solved soon."
Another resident Melwyn D'Souza said the corporator was to fill potholes with mud on Friday — a solution that lasts till the next rain. "We need a permanent solution," he said. Other problems are irregular clearance of garbage and faulty drainage system contaminating wells.
Resident Blazevilla Jossey Theodore said they have held meetings with the corporator "several times" on developing the road. "The corporator cited lack of bidders as the reason for the dealy in developing the road. Curiously, second and third cross roads in Nandigudda have been taken care of, but not ours," he said.

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