Only a handful suggestions at pre-budget meeting

Only a handful suggestions at pre-budget meeting

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-02 11:12 Mangaluru: A public meeting organised by the Mangalore City Corporation on Tuesday to elicit suggestions from the public ahead of budget did not yield much result. While many complained about lack of basic facilities, only a few made suggestions to ensure a development-orient budget.Gopalakrishna Bhat wanted the MCC to set up more bus stands in key areas of the city especially around Pumpwell circle. He asked the MCC to allocate more funds in the budget for parking spaces as the vehicle density was increasing by day.Civic activist Prabha Kudva asked the MCC to form ward committees as it would help in initiating development works in the ward limits. Through such committees, it would be easier for the corporation to address problems pertaining to that particular area and helps in allocating funds according to the ward needs, she added.Stressing the need to beautify the city, social activist Rajendra Kumar wanted the corporation to pump in more funds to develop Kadri Park, Tagore Park and other parks in the city limits. The MCC needs to focus on having more advertisement hoardings to generate income, he said. It was Aam Aadmi Party's Rohan Siri who asked the MCC to plant 5,000 saplings in and around the city to enhance the its green cover. There were also suggestions to earmark appropriate funds for skywalk projects, underpass at KPT Circle, terrace gardening among others.MCC Commissioner HN Gopalakrishna told the meeting that the total budget of the MCC is Rs 400 crore and it collects Rs 300 crore through self-assessment tax, trade licence, water bill and advertisement among others.MCC Joint Commissioner Gokuladas Nayak, standing committee members Harinath Bondel, Prakash Salian and Shashidhar Hegde were present.