Mysureans can greet New Year’s Day at Indira Canteen

Nov 14, 2017

MYSURU: Residents of the city can greet the New Year with a simple, but affordable meal at Indira Canteens – the state government’s flagship initiative aimed at providing food at modest prices – that will be unveiled across Mysuru on January 1, 2018. Of the 17 Indira Canteens set to open on New Year’s Day, 11 will be within the city limits, while the remaining six will be located at the taluk headquarters of the district.

Deputy commissioner D Randeep said that work on the canteens would start later this month, so as to ensure they would be ready for inauguration on New Year’s Day. “It will not be necessary to acquire land for all the canteens. We are waiting for No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to set up the eateries on land owned by KSRTC, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), etc. The land will either be taken on lease or rent. We have instructed these agencies to issue NOCs to set up canteens,” Randeep added.

DC takes stock of housing schemes

Randeep directed district and taluk administration officials to submit a progress report on the Vajpayee, Ambedkar and D Devaraja Urs housing schemes in the district. “By November 30, we will get a list of beneficiaries of the housing projects, and by December, work on the houses sanctioned under these schemes should be completed,” he added.

The local administration agencies have been given a target of building 2,000 houses under the three housing schemes, while MCC has been entrusted the task of constructing as many as 5,000 houses. “Beneficiaries who fail to start construction on their homes by December 15 will have their names deleted from the list,” Randeep said.

Determined to get Hunsur declared ‘Open defecation-free’ by March 31, Randeep directed officials to assess how many private and public toilets were necessary in order to realise the objective. “Ward-wise declaration should be done in rural hunsur,” he said.

The DC pointed out that the state government was offering pourakarmikas funds of up to Rs 6 lakh under the Griha Bhagya Scheme to help civic workers who owned agricultural land build houses.

Randeep also took stock of the underground drain work in the district, and asked officials concerned to complete work on UGDs at T Narasipura. “Concrete roads at T Narasipura have been approved, and 500 UGD connections have been provided there. However, few residents are yet to deposit money for UGD connections and officials have been directed to collect money from them soon,” he said.