MANGALURU: State government has approved a proposal sent by Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) provide sites to police personnel who were part of Special Task Force (STF) set up to apprehend forest brigand Veerappan. The police personnel from Dakshina Kannada who served on STF had expressed their desire for housing site in their home district. A proposal to this effect that has been hanging fire for long has been approved on February 10.

Announcing this on Monday, Mangaluru City South MLA J R Lobo said 16 police personnel will receive sites for a concessional rate as MUDA rules do not permit the Authority to distribute sites for free. MUDA will determine the rates payable in consultation with the government, he said, adding that the process of handing over the sites to the applicants will be completed by November 2015. The sites include 15 of 30ft x 40ft sites, one 40ft x 60ft site, and a corner site.

One site measuring 3.25 cents has been set aside for commercial purpose and the proposed layout which MUDA will develop also has three corner sites. The layout will also have a civic amenities site measuring 11 cents and one site measuring 16.50 cents reserved for park and open spaces. The layout will come up in 1.105 acres of land located in survey number 152/2 in Padavu village of Mangaluru taluk, he said, adding MUDA has already prepared the layout design.
Mohammed Nazeer, commissioner, MUDA said the authority will expend around Rs 1.05 crore in developing the civic amenities for the proposed layout. Tenders will be invited for the same as per Authority norms before March, he said, adding that the works are expected to be completed by November and the sites will be allocated to the applicants as per norms. Lobo thanked the minister for urban development Vinay Kumar Sorake for clearing the proposal post haste.

Courtesy: Times of India