The Pathetic Story of Belle Santekatte

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29 August 2012: In this modern world where we see all round development be in a village, city, at state level or on a national level, it is quite obvious for anyone to expect such growth wherever they live.  In a democratic country like India the public vote and elect their representatives with the expectation that they will work from the growth of the area from where they have elected.  But sadly same is not seen in Moodubelle.

When anyone compares the grown of Moodubelle Panchayat area with neighboring areas (which includes Padubelle too), it is always a saddening story and even though this story is told every now and then, still the elected leaders have not woken up from their sleep and the petty party politics is not allowing any growth while the common man is the sufferer.

One such example is the market place in Moodubelle which called as Belle Santhekatte.  If anyone visited this place recently, he will understand the pathetic situation of Santhekatte even though the elected leaders sit just within 50 meters vicinity but one do not see any tangible efforts from these elected leaders. visited this place a few days back and the pictures below show the current status.



The situation is so pathetic, that the whole area is filled with wild plants, grass, garbage and stray dogs.  It looks like as if you are in a junk yard and cannot be called this as market place by any yardstick.  The daily fish market and the weekly Tuesday Market also arranged in the same vicinity while the area is a breeding ground for all sort of mosquitoes, foul smell due to stagnant water and garbage.

It may be recalled that just 2 years back in this same website a news article was published wherein big plans of ‘Mini Vidhana Soudha’ and a modern market blueprint was discussed.  But just because the ruling party has changed, all the plans gone underground and this shows how our elected leaders act on personal and party lines and do not care about common man’s benefit.  Instead, two small structures have come up at the spot, one structure is almost ready while the other one is still under construction. By looking into these structures one gets the feeling that the job is proceeding at very slow pace and the work quality and planning is not taken into consideration. is concerned about the society and hence we feel it is our duty to raise such issues in public domain when the elected leaders are busy in petty party politics and the common people of Belle are the sufferers.  Bellevision will always strive to show the actual picture without aligning with any political outfit and ideology.

The biggest danger which Belle  faces today is  ‘no accountability’ from the elected leaders and also the ‘chalta hai’ attitude of public.  Elected leaders happily pose for the photos and receive garlands and fruits but are least bothered about the development work, at least it is not seen on the ground.  Also when the public sits quiet and bear the grunt without even being questioned, the elected representatives have free run as there is no one to question them. which is the voice of public, expects the elected leaders to rise above from petty politics and work unitedly for the society.  Can these elected leaders allow their courtyards and surroundings of their houses to fill up with such garbage, wild plants and stagnant water?.  We are sure it is a big no.  Then why such a apathy towards the Santhekatte which is a public meeting place where the food products are sold?  Also it is the right and responsibility of every individual to question these elected leaders when we all pay tax for everything and we elect these leaders with high hopes.

Also there can be an alternative way, let the public come together and clean up the mess and show the leaders how things can be set right.  But after all who will bell the cat?


Note: The sole purpose of publishing this article is to bring awareness among Bellevision Readers to the current condition of surroundings of Santekatte market and unhealthy conditions prevailing around it and purely based on health of public.  Bellevision is not accusing anyone directly or indirectly to any representatives of Moodubelle Panchayat or any local representatives. 

Secondly, the readers are free to comment on this article on their own wish and Bellevision is no way responsible for their comments.  However, the Bellevision editorial team has the right to amend, delete or not to publish comments that are targeted to any individual or any representatives knowingly or un-knowingly. Even if we publish will not be held responsible for the comments of public.

-Editorial Team





Comments on this Article
Abraham, Moodubelle Sun, September-2-2012, 12:04
Thanks Hempoo! Finally you acknoledged that my engliche is better than yours. I am also happy with your english.Improving.....! Keep it up! Lets talk about our Belle GP. Even i liked the jokes of Charles D mello, Pangla.The Right time Joke of Maxbelle was fantastic....=D
HEMPHIL DUBAI, UDUPI Sun, September-2-2012, 7:16
Charles D Mello, Pangala Sat, September-1-2012, 1:54
Abraham, Moodubelle....I liked your reply to Hemphil....This is not a English learning who has to learn and translate or your favorite HEMPHA...!!!!???
Abraham, Moodubelle Sat, September-1-2012, 10:02
Mr. Hempa i can understand everything which you have written in your comment. Offcourse my english is not that good. Because i am not british like you.Your comment is nowhere related to the subject matter. So i didn t wanted to comment. Now listen, please check your language and spellings: 1.Lesson(s), 2.Castel(i)no, 3.Com(m)ent,4.some(-)one,5.translate(translete),6.nonsense(nonsence). Now everybody can say who is better in English! Now you Better go to Doctor Castelino!
sharon, bangalore Sat, September-1-2012, 8:27
infact pic no 3,4 5 shows some new buildings in the same santhe katte area.I think they have started this cleaning ,levelling and construction project in wrong time(rainy season).Either they should have finished it off before rain or should have started after rain .thats why whole situation is worse now with no proper drainage of water.I am requesting panchayath officials to ask fisher womans to throw their waste fish in proper dustbin rather throwing it whrvr they want .i think belle panchayath is working without any support from taluk district bcoz of different political party ruling over there.Thats why i heard belle panchayath ruling party is going for request of fund from their loacal leaders to do any work .i Also request our taluk panchayath president (Hebbar) to release some funds for his local grama panchayath do some progressive work.i have heard this panchayth is doing a good project of constructing around 500-1000houses for poor people in kappandakariya area like one colony .if they complete this work as soon as possible,it will be much appreciated.
HEMPHIL DUBAI, UDUPI Sat, September-1-2012, 8:20
Charles D\ Mello, Pangala Sat, September-1-2012, 4:18
MaxBelle, Paladka/Belle.....piyellen sod zalyar tosench zata...Ha ha ha
Harush Quadras, Moodubelle/Bengaluru Sat, September-1-2012, 3:10
Dear Pradeep Kumar. Absolutely agree with your comments. Okay I agree to one of your detractor that there are limited vacancies in Panchayat and everyone cant be a part of panchayat. But there is an annual general meeting where citizens can raise the issues. (the report of which was also published in Bellevision)Hope Citizens of Belle utilize such meetings. and I hope at least these essay type comments will give some reasonable solutions rather than verbal diarrhea on websites
MaxBelle, Paladka/Belle Sat, September-1-2012, 1:27
@Charles D Mello, Pangala... Lovely Lover s SMS to her Lover:(SMS-1) "...I m tiered of ur Love, itz boring, letz break off. Good bye..." (SMS-2):" Oh! sorry,Its a mistake.My earlier SMS was not for you. I Love u,letz carry on..."Hha hha haaa.
Naveen Kumar, Moodubelle Fri, August-31-2012, 11:57
Pradeep Kumar, it looks you are confused with the subject and your conclusion is incomplete. Here the issue is the tidiness of Santhekatte and we have elected representatives to do this job and everyone no need to join politics. No need to remember/know the telephone number of panchayath. Communication facility is so advance that you can get everything on net including the satelite pictures of your house and surrounding. As the time passes we have to change our thinking.First of all Leaders to understand peoples requirements and work accordingly.
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Fri, August-31-2012, 1:30
Dear Pradeep, thanks for your clarifications. Unfortunately I don't agree with your view. my dear friend, tell me one thing how many vacancies are there in Panchayat?? How many can join?? There are hundreds in Belle itself if there are vacancies. Secondly, when some issues come up it is better to bring awareness and little more pressure from readers will really help and that is media power. If media brings out some issue and the readers do not support it has no value. One need not to be in Belle to action but the readers have full responsibility to express their views so that the Panchyat people take some action. It also encourages the local people to open their eyes to check what is happening in their own yard and take some action themselves. yes I do agree with you we are all oustsiders but we are Indians and citizens of India and have all rights to question our system and get the people to task. The men inc-charge have duty to perform and let them do it and do not discourage them. Your support to readers will really help to implement many more issues and more importantly to avoid future problems esp. when it comes to health and safety. take care
Abraham, Moodubelle Fri, August-31-2012, 10:27
The current situation of the Belle Grama Panchayeth is so pathetic and is very difficult to narrate. If you see the recent Grama Sabhe (as i seen on vedio in this website) is a perfect drama. The issue of santhekatte is nowhere raised! All the actors were acting perfectly to the sript and to the directions! Some are acting like "beating" and some are "crying". And the outcome of the drama is big Zero!.Some are may not be wishing to read the big comments because they are nowhere connected to our village or they are commenting in a false name!Everybody has the right to comment in their own way. Read it or drop it!
Abraham, Moodubelle Fri, August-31-2012, 9:49
Dear Panchayath leaders, i heard from someone that, the santhekatte work is delayed due to some technical reasons. Is it true? If you see the comments the matter is reached to the district level. Please read the comments of Mr. Rakesh D Souza,Mr.Philip Mudartha, Mr.Lawrence and Mr.Ronald sabi. And respond to this issue and find out the solution.1/2
Pradeep Kumar, mangalore Fri, August-31-2012, 4:33

Let me clarify .I have nothing against the articles impact bellevision is doing vey well and i m proud of it,but i am against writing an essay type comments for some other persons article.and for all those who are sitting in Gulf or in Bangalore hw many of you are in ok our time has gone hw many of us will prepare our kids for IAS or IPS no we dont want to take that challenge our kids has to become engineers or doctors and they will fly to UK ,USA or Gulf .instead of sitting out and writting comments get into the system. I bet those who are writting comments knw belle grama panchayat telephone number?or hw many pachayat members we have?Anna Hazare did agitaion to kick out corruption did India is free of corruption? your comments are nothing it wil not change the scenario.get into politcs, be a pachayat member and change the system.sorry Rakesh M and all readers for essay type comment

Charles D Mello, Pangala Thu, August-30-2012, 11:47
Charles D Mello, Pangala....My earlier comment was not you. I am in full agreemnet with your comment. It was for those did not want to read same comments or long comments.
Charles D Mello, Pangala Thu, August-30-2012, 11:17
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle.....Everybody s taste is not same. If you like it read it otherwise move on to the one you like. If you don t like the website itself don t visit. After all who compels one to read ...!!!??? Just buzz off...and discourage the Organizer s who are putting a lot of effort to get the news comments to you at the click of a button...!!!????
Nelson, Udupi/Bangalore Thu, August-30-2012, 12:49
Rakesh M Udupi or Pradeep Kumar Mangalore, I do not remember reading you earlier! You may like the present condition of Santhekatte, are you seriously trying to divert from the subject? Let daily users have a clean and neat market place.
Lawernce, Moodubelle Thu, August-30-2012, 11:41
I don t want to blame anyone for this filthy and disgusting situation rather i will blame myself for being resident of Belle. why you know .... the belle Panchayat President and members are not interested to clean the area where they sit and do the meetings very often. Do you think they knows about this pathetic situation which is just next to their office ...? They are really busy with calling their favorite Party leaders and making Guddali Pooje to get the credit of their hardwork. I tell you people ... its biggest shame on you people for being elected Panchayat office bearers.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Thu, August-30-2012, 7:36
Rakesh M Udupi...for you it looks like same comments repeated...that too without reading since you have no mood to read! Unlike Pradeep Kumar, I like to read long informative comments and articles like many other readers. It is individual choice to read and editor's choice to publish! If you are not good at it, ignore it. Why get J? Some people are bad in Mathematics and some others bad in essay! Natural they have no patience to read informative articles. Take it easy!! If many were like you, print and electronic media would not have existed. It is impossible to make every bit of news paper and website interesting to everyone. Naturally we read only what is interesting to us. It is immature to say do not publish which is not my individual interest! Only sign language suits those do not want to read and write. My request is do not discourage those writing valuable comments here. Every comments may not be top class. Live and let live!
Radhakrishna, Belle Thu, August-30-2012, 5:57
Rakesh idu ninage yava tharahada roga?? Nimma belleyavaru alla antha kanuthade!!
Charles D Mello, Pangala Thu, August-30-2012, 5:09
Waa santhekatte ya undu ???. Mulpa santhela ijjy, kattela ijjy....Pathetic condition...!!!??
Rakesh M Udupi, Moodubelle Thu, August-30-2012, 3:39
Pradeep Kumar says right. Now no interest reading comments, same as essay. Where is HEMPHIL, why he is silent in this. Now a days I open OPIONION and just close because looks like same articles repeated.
Fr Denis Castelino, Belle Thu, August-30-2012, 12:51

I was a student of Belle School from 1951-1962. Cricket test matches are going on. We had only media available was the sports magazine and the running commentary available at the only place i.e. the Panchayath office at the Moodubelle market. Teacher Sadananda Rao a great fan of cricket used to send us market to get the cricket commentary from that radio. It was a part of the school and we were expected to see to the cleanliness of the area.

According to me cleanliness is everybody’s duty. When I was in Kalmady as Parish Priest we had just 59 cents of land inside the church compound and I had built 3 toilets. When I saw they were not sufficient I added two more. Economic toilets which could not but very close to the church. Some of the council members objected. I quoted a certain Priest who said “the first thing I did in this Parish was that I build two toilets for the public because some people may not visit BL. Sacrament but all search for the toilet in their emergency! But at Kalmady the question came “who will keep the toilets clean?” I said “you do all the other jobs but reserve this job for me” and till I left Kalmady the first thing I did every morning was a visit to the public toilets and then visit to the Bl. Sacrament. I did not allow anyone else the privilege of doing this sacred job.

So my countrymen in Belle don’t sit just blaming somebody else. Come on some cat to ring the bell and the other cats to join her.

Sudhakar P., Edmer Thu, August-30-2012, 12:32
I hope the local leaders who always always seen receiving garlands, flowers unite irrespective of party line and work for Belle so that the ordinary people can benefit. I am sure no excuses needed this time. Thanks to the website for highligting the issue of common people
Rakesh D Souza, Moodubelle Wed, August-29-2012, 11:28
Waw! great Pradeep Kumar Mangalore. You are fed up with essay type comments. You are happy with progress of Santhekatte!! This is the result of current situation of Santhekatte.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Wed, August-29-2012, 11:18
This is another face of democracy. When the leadership is not allowed to work and only criticism and opposition for the sake of it and for getting cheap publicity, you are killing initiative. What is happening in Parliament house, State Assembly is not, though copied at Belle Panchayath, its effects are experienced. Therefore this is the fate and this is development. Mud is removed and new growth has been seen. We requre good morally up right Leaders in Ruling as well as in opposition parties. NRIs demand voting being out of India and help chose good leaders and help take off in a better progressive way.
Pradeep Kumar, Mangalore Wed, August-29-2012, 2:54

Plz dont publish essay type comments on article. some people want to show their intelligence through web. if those people really care about society they should have been in some govt job in india. its a simple message to those plzdont write essays on articles. i am fed up of it.

Philip Mudartha, Qatar Wed, August-29-2012, 11:31
Come on Belleans, we are richer by 100 times or more since 1947. A majority afford houses built at 20 plus lakh rupees. Housewarming parties cost 3 lakh plus, yet, to pay for sanitation and health services, we have no desire to fund the local community effort. PLEASE BE SHAMED. The GP president, you are not our lady to hold the broom, but there are men and women appointed to use the broom and stick also. Get them to use them. If they do not, see that they do not get their salaries. begin with the VA/VS first to straighten them. If they show insubordinate behavior, find out how to punish them, fire them from jobs and also tell the Grama who is not obeying you. stop their increments, career advancements, and so on...
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Wed, August-29-2012, 11:22
1. When I read it earlier today, I thought of EJFD feature titled Servant nahim Domestic help available on homepage of 2. Alphonse referred to it, please take a look. Either kill thinkers and writers of EJFD caliber. And continue to wallow in our own urine, shit and gargage. 3. Sanitation has priority over anything else. In 2000, there was mysterious fever in Padubelle and unspecified numbers of deaths. People were angry with the poor workers of quarries. My views were published too on Khursacho Taallo. Nothing much has changed because attitudes do not change. 4. We are willing to pay Rs250 for a square feet of granite or marble for interior decor, but unwilling to pay Rs250 per year for city/town/GP tap water, and dispose garbage in the right way. Accept it: INDIANS ARE DIRTY. Such filth I have seen only in African towns with only black populated areas. At the risk of being labeled racist, we are racially proving ourselves inferior to white, yellow and mixed races of the world. 5. Education has nothing to do with it. In the most literate state, Kerala, matters are as bad or worse. 6. Nowhere have I seen people proud of calling themselves POOR except in India
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Wed, August-29-2012, 10:12
It is very common view with many of our markets around Udupi area/Katapady/Shankerpura area. We see it day and night and don t lift our fingers including me as I don t blame all. I have heard many time, let me try to do something about it and not let other do it. I also read a very similar story on on how good we are keeping our environment clean and tidy. Most of the time we are ignorant of our own duties like throwing garbage anywhere we like, urinating wherever there is a wall or bush. Perform our nature duties as we like it even though we are just a few yards from our toilets. I am not talking about public toilets as that is another pathetic story altogether. yes, the panchayat or municipality has their duties to perform and they must. It is very easy to pose for photographs in award functions but it is very difficult to put extra efforts to develop and maintain the responsibilities given to them. Also there should be account of funds they are receiving from government etc. Anyways, this article is an eye openner to all of us including Panchayat members and committee to look into these issues a little more seriously esp. when it is concerning the health.
Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Wed, August-29-2012, 6:26
"Karyen zalen, voiz melo!" Once the report of "Guddali Pooje" with all smile photoes with Mysore silk sarees appear in the news papers and websites, who cares after that? The intended "purpose" is achieved! I suggest that the media only report the "house warming ceremonies" or the inauguration of a completed project and boycot all other functions. Media should put the horse before the cart and not vice versa. The locals should go for the "completed product" and shun all the "raw materials". By the way, what happened to the 40 lakh donation received from the fisheries department for the new fish market at Belle santhekatte? Spent everything only to level the ground and grow grass and weeds? Can some one use RTI and get some answers? Shame on the people who only want name by playing game. If you do not love your people and the place you belong to, do not try to become a panchayath member.
Mark, Udyavara Wed, August-29-2012, 3:17
I distinctly remember this landmark use to buy mangoes fresh vegetables after my visit to my grandmothers house; next to it. I am sad to see "dying" state of this place. What s wrong with our governance esp. Panchayat corporators, public servants who needs to upgrade and upkeep such public utility places. I see the "dying" image of India when I see such apathy, all around.
Francis Noronha, Mumbai Wed, August-29-2012, 1:57
When we received our Independence from the British our leaders of that time had great vision of our country, its development and progress and hope that our leaders and elected bodies will dedicate their service to the people of India. However, the vision of our great leaders gone astray and leaders became politicians and the total scenario has changed and the reason behind lack of progress in many fields and self motives and greediness seems to have taken over service. We no longer can tolerate and close our eyes any more and as sincere citizens of our great India we must bring awareness among our own people if the elected body is failing to perform its duties. We are no more only worried about Roti Kapda our Makhan. These are basic necessities of our life but to enjoy them we must keep our environment clean free of disease and danger. We need to bring awareness how dangerously we live and be responsible ourselves for our good health. We live in 21st century but our standard of living has remained in the 19th century.
Rakesh DSouza, Moodubelle Tue, August-28-2012, 11:12
It looks like a slum area. Are we progressing in reverse direction?? Who is really responsible for this grave situation? Have our leaders ever thought of development of this place. All our elected leaders lacking the vision. All should work with selfless motive and make our place neat and clean.
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