Mangaluru: Members of the district Congress staged a protest over the delay and poor execution of the up-gradation of the Kadri Park Road in the city today. The work had begun six months ago and is not complete as yet. Besides the cost of execution has taken a quantum leap alleged the protestors.
Former MLA J R Lobo addressing the protesters said, “Ever since the work on this Kadri Park Development Work which started nearly six months ago, it has been going on at a slow pace, leading to the poor condition of the entire stretch of the road. When the tender process was in progress, the estimated cost was said as Rs 4 crore, but now under the Smart City Development Project, it has jumped to Rs 12 core"
He went to say that the road could not be used for vehicular movement and with Kadri Park being a gathering spot for the young and old alike it is important that it is completed quickly. He said the maintenance of the Kadri Park leaves a lot to be desired. There is wild grass and water stagnation everywhere. The toy train too, is non-operational. "It looks like MSCL and MCC are spending money on development projects over the limit, which should be investigated. Few of the projects where crores of money was sanctioned during the Congress rule, is being misused or pocketed, and even the work is not done the right way. This shows that the MLA has totally failed to deliver on his promises to the people. We urge that the government and local administration should expedite all the pending projects at the earliest, if not face more protests from Congress party, at all the project sites" said J R Lobo.
Former MCC Mayor Mahabala Marla supported the contentions of the former MLA and said, "During the tenure of J R Lobo as Mangaluru South Constituency MLA, all development work was undertaken systematically and to the required standards. But today that is not the case. It is just the opposite", he alleged. He said for all such public infrastructure work, there has to be a tender systme, but "unfortunately these projects are carried on in secret and separately". He said the Congress party wanted that the government and the local officials complete all pending works quickly and avoid putting residents of the city to inconvenience.
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