Mangaluru: Several families live in their small land holdings off Sultan Battery-Bokkapatna , which the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (Muda) plans to develop into a new 24m wide road. With the proposal pending at Muda, the residents are neither allowed to repair their houses nor construct new houses.
After running from pillar to post, the residents aired their grievance at Muda Adalat held on August 4, and sought changes in the plan so they can repair their century-old houses. Yashawanth Bolar, one of the residents, told TOI that there are nearly 500 families living in their small property below five-cent land off the road that Muda has plans to widen.

“Most of the houses are over 100 years old, and they are awaiting permission to repair or rebuild. With the present plans of Muda, we will not be able to construct a new house. Besides houses, there are anganwadi, schools, bhajan mandir (prayer hall) and club. Minister for urban development and housing U T has promised that a survey will be conducted to bail us out,” he said.

Social activist Ashok Bhat said that the construction of a 24m road needs a setback of 3.5 metres on either side. Hence, the total width of land required for the road will be 31 metres, and residents on the road stretch will lose their property rights. The government is approving Akrama-Sakrama on the one hand, but residents here are left with no remedy, he added.

Khader, who conducted a spot inspection along with officials of Muda and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) on Wedneday evening, said that he has directed the district administration to review Muda’s proposal. “I have directed the deputy commissioner to review the road proposal and submit a report,” he added.

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