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Balancing progress and nature: Jagadish Shettar

Balancing progress and nature Jagadish Shettar
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Manipal : The coastal belt of the state is one of the important to the state for the development concerned. The governments think about the development of coastal districts without hindering the environment. In the name of the environment, the development of the state is not possible. However, some are making hindrance for the development by using tools on the environment, said Jagadish Shettar, Congress leader and former chief minister of Karnataka.

After inaugurating the conference on Pollution controlled industrialization and full tourism development of coastal Karnataka held at Fortune Inn Valley View Hotel on Saturday, August 26, organized by Jayashreekrishna Parisara Premi Samiti, Jagadish Shettar said that when I was a chief minister, I tried to establish railway track from Hubballi to Ankola. However, it was not possible due to environmental organizations.

The development of the coastal district of Uttara Kannada was held up. Now, we are in the process of developing the Uttara Kannada district with the introduction of a railway line from Hubballi to Karwar with the help of concerned organizations. There should be development of roads and ports in Uttar Kannada district at any cost, he said.

Jagadish Shettar said that there is some kind of specialty in coastal belt people of Udupi, Mangaluru and Uttar Kannada. The role of these areas’ people for development of the region, state and the country has been numerous. Throughout the world we can see the coastal people of the state in various fields like Hotel, Entrepreneurship, leadership and industrialists as well. These people can put their efforts into the development of their motherland and growth of coastal areas without hindering the environment, he said.

R. V. Deshpande, MLA and former minister said that to increase the employment and growth of resources of coastal areas to keep the environment free, the industries and various business activities. The small and medium scale industries and trading are necessary for the development without the problems of environment. The government should give scope for the development of air ports, sea ports, roads and other infrastructures. The environmental problems are there, but the development to the people without disturbing the natural environment. There are so many natural resources in the coastal areas like tourism, temples, churches, other religious places, beaches and others. We have educationalist youths, good entrepreneurs etc. We should make use of these resources and take advantage of the development of the state, he said.

It would be difficult to establish industries without the effect of the environment. But it would be necessary to establish eco-friendly industries. There should be the need for the interest and confidence to establish the business and to think about what kind of industries are needed over here in the coastal belt. There should be good roads and ports to increase industrial growth, he said.

U. T. Khadar, Speaker of Karnataka Legislative assembly was the chief guest. He said that we do not want projects which are disturbing us. We need to maintain our environment for the next generation. In the name of development, we do not want the projects which hinder our environment. We should protect the environment, water, earth and the people. However, we should develop the industries to create employment and eradicate poverty as well. He said that there should be communal harmony among all our loving people, caste and religion. Without communal harmony, it would not be possible to establish industries like hotels and industries. We can see some industrialists not able to establish industries with the fear of communal distress which can hinder the development in any place, he said.

Nagaraj Shetty former minister, Ivan D’Souza former MLC and KPCC vice president, Capt Ganesh Karnik former spokesperson of BJP and MLC spoke during the occasion.

Jayakrishna Parisara Premi Samiti President L. V. Amin presided over the conference programme.

D.K., Udupi, U.K. district coastal areas development vision plan book was released during the occasion. Thonse Jayakrishna A. Shetty, Founder of the Samiti, Kuilady Suresh Nayak, President of District BJP Committee, Neere Krishna Shetty, Vice President of District Congress committee, Mundkur Surendra Salian General Secretary, Tulsidas L Amin Treasurer and others were present on the dais.

Mundkur Surendra Salian read out the guests present during the programme. Surendra Mendon Jt. Secretary proposed a vote of thanks. Nithyanand D Kotian Vice President and Dayasagar Chowta compared the programme.

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