Separate committee to form in Road renaming issue

12:04 AM, Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Road issueMangaluru: The meeting convened by district minister B Ramanath Rai on Friday decided to constitute a fact finding committee to find a solution to the controversies surrounding the renaming of Light House Hill Road.

The committee involving Mangalore University registrar, Mangaluru City Corporation commissioner, Dakshina Kannada District additional deputy commissioner, University history professor and others as its members, will study all the documents pertaining to the road and submit a report to the district administration.

The minister will hold a meeting again soon after a report is submitted by the committee.

Road issueThe decision to set up a committee was taken after the meeting failed to arrive at an unanimous decision on the issue with all the four stakeholders sticking to their demands with documentary evidence.

“Only one name can be finalized for a road and it is not possible to have multiple names. The meeting did not arrive at any unanimous decision. Hence, the minister has decided to set up a committee to verify the facts presented by representatives of four organisations which suggested different names for the road,” said deputy commissioner K G Jagadeesha.

He said the committee will have to present factual information in the next meeting, which will be decided by the minister.

Road issueIt may be recalled that Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) had resolved to rename the road from Ambedkar Circle to Catholic Club near Hampankatta in the city as Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty Road and it was approved by the government through a notification on May 24, 2017.

The decision was taken based on a request by the Vijaya Bank Workers Organization. Meanwhile, the management of St Aloysius College, claimed that the road was named as St Aloysius College Road decades ago while oppposing renaming it after Shetty. Later, the members of United Muslim Organisation, Dakshina Kannada, submitted a memorandum to the city corporation to rename the road as Idgah Maidan Road. Similarly, Amarasullia Swathantrya Hoarata Acharana Samiti urged the government to rename the road as ‘Bavuta Gudde Road’.

Representatives of Vijaya Bank Workers Organisation, St Aloysius College, United Muslim Organisation and Amarasullia Swathantrya Hoarata Acharana Samiti expressed their views and said they have documentary proof to prove their claims. Following this, the meet resolved that a committee be formed to verify all the documents and prepare a report.

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