Palike to build complex-Gulbarga Mahanagar Palike aims at more revenue

Gulbarga: The general body meeting of the Gulbarga Mahanagara Palike on Friday decided to construct a commercial complex, zone office and an amusement park for children on the palike’s 3.2 acre land on survey number 7, next to MSK Mill in the city.

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Former mayor Bheemreddy Patil, members Ramesh Kamakanur, Aarti Tiwari and others spoke in favour of the move.

However, Leader of Opposition Vishal Darge opined that a plan should be prepared only after the site visit by all the members and called for a discussion in this regard in the next meeting.

Though Standing Committee on Health Chairman Huligeppa Kanakagiri welcomed the decision, he said construction of schools and hospitals would be more beneficial to the poor. Reacting to the suggestion, Mayor Sayed Ahmed said due to the efforts of our Gulbarga Public State & National Representatives ESIC and Jayadeva hospitals have been established. Further, Gulbarga district hospital is being upgraded. “If required Palike will construct hospital at a different location,” he said. All members accepted the suggestion.

A new plan needs to be evolved to increase Palike’s revenue and for better utilisation of open spaces, said Mayor who directed the palike officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) in this regard after taking suggestion from all the members and submit the same in the next GB meeting.

Speaking about the construction of a guesthouse onthe 2,150 sq ft of land, behind old DC House, former mayor Bheemreddy Patil said it was of no use as guesthouse will not fetch any revenue to palike. Instead commercial complex should be constructed on the land, as discussed in earlier meetings. “But the plan was shelved due to lack of funds.”

All members supported the proposal to construct the complex with grant from HKRDB or on PPP model.

The Mayor said in the past loan had been takenfrom the bank to implement the plan. Even the blumitig-photos-6eprint of the building has been prepared. “All details in this regard will be provided by the officials in next meeting,” he added.

GMP Commissioner P Sunil Kumar said Palike had purchased 32 acres of land from four farmers for construction of amusement park at Khanadala village on the outskrits of the city. However, the farmers have moved court claiming the compensation is too low. He said palike will appoint a suitable lawyer in this regard. No one will be allowed to take over Palike’s property, he added.

Some of the members including Dargi suggested that such a vast land shouldn’t be used for amusement park alone and a hospital and school should be constructed for the benefit of the people residing in the surrounding villages.

However, the meeting passed a resolution to construct the park after a majority of the members supported it.

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