New DC office at Manipal to offer variety of services2 min read
Manipal: A sprawling structure towers over the entrance to Endpoint. The Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office, which was originally a part of the old Public Works Department (PWD) building at Udupi, now has its own office at Rajatadri, End Point, with 34 working departments.
Unlike the old DC office, this office is more spacious, with newer systems and better infrastructure. It is also the first paperless office in Karnataka. The new building has a number of additional facilities like a DC court room, video conferencing room and a 300 seat auditorium. The State Bank of India (SBI), Corporation Bank and Syndicate Bank will be opening branches in the building along with ATM facilities. A post office has also been planned.
According to Dr M. T. Reju, DC, Udupi District, all the files processed henceforth in the DC office, except those that come from other departments of the government, will be computerised. Udupi District is also being used as a pilot project for the Citizen Services Guarantee Bill according to which all services, such as issuing ration cards, will be rendered to the public in a prescribed amount of time. “We will have one counter where the public can avail of all facilities under a single window within the given time period. We wish to make it simple and systemized as soon as possible,” Dr Reju said.
Talking about what changes the DC office will bring to Manipal and Udupi, Dr Reju said, “There will be more people visiting the town and a bigger inflow of traffic. However, I don’t think it will affect the students very much as the DC office is here to help everybody and not cause discomfort”. However, some residents of Udupi feel inconvenienced. “The new infrastructure is beautiful but the place is now far away from home. Though there is a bus service to reach here, coming all the way can become a little problematic,” said Guruprasad Sherigar, Estate officer, DC office.