Patil busy, no public hearing session for two months
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Despite the fact that no public hearing session has been held in the past two months, there would be no session of the UT administrator on January 21, as well. The last session was held on November 21, 2012.
Owing to the busy schedule of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, not a single public hearing session could be held in December. The sessions are usually held on the first and third Mondays of every month.
Sources said that the UT Administrator was busy and had prior commitments, due to which the sessions could not be held.
Significantly, last year, Patil had only held one third of the total public hearing sessions scheduled for the year.
Also, with passing time, the number of complaints have also dropped, as in the past residents turned out in large numbers, but for the past one year, only a few complainants have been attending the sessions.
"The uncertainty of the sessions being held, beside no action taken on the complaints are the main reasons behind the low turnout," admitted an official.
Former administrator S F Rodrigues had initiated the sessions, and the number of complainants was much higher in the sessions held by him.
Also, in the past, the complainants and media were informed about the schedule and cancellation of the sessions in advance, a practice which has now been discontinued.