Mangaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai arrived at Bajpe International Airport on the morning of Saturday November 19 to unveil the bronze statue of freedom fighter and Samaraveera Kedambadi Ramayya Gowda.
Minister for Ports, Fisheries and Inland Waterways S. Angara and other local leaders warmly welcomed him.
MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Bharath Shetty, Mangaluru City Corporation Mayor Jayananda Anchan, Deputy Commissioner Ravikumar M.R., Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kumar, City Police Commissioner N. Shashikumar, Assistant Commissioner Madan Mohan and other leaders and officials were also present.
Speaking to mediapersons at the Airport, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that investors have agreed to invest Rs. 2 Lakh Crore through an investors’ meet in the State. He said that Karnataka will make significant strides in renewable energy production in the future. “An investment of Rs. 1.5 to 2 Lakh Crore is expected for Ammonia production from renewable energy, hydrogen fuel and seawater from the investors’ meet. He added that a large amount of investment will be made in the coastal areas.
“Preparations have been made to provide the necessary infrastructure for production. It has already been approved by the State High-level Approval Committee with three renewable energy companies. The work is going on at a very fast pace and 2 to 3 companies have said that they will start work by March-April. The coast has played an important role internationally in renewable energy production. Two major projects for the production of Hydrogen and Ammonia will come up internationally, in the Gulf country and in Mangaluru. An important phase of Ammonia preparation from sea water will come up in and around Mangaluru. The fuel required for the renewable energy plant will also be sourced from renewable energy sources such as solar and windmills. It will completely be a green project,” he said and added, “directly and indirectly, it will create jobs on a large scale and open the doors of opportunities for the youth of the region.”
“The repair work on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru National Highway has been delayed due to incessant rains. He is scheduled to leave for Delhi next week to meet Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. A meeting on national highways in the entire State will be convened this week to supplement it. Repair works on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru Highway such as tunneling, white-topping, etc. will be taken up on priority. The short-term works, the road will be made fit for use and in the long-term works, the tunnel will be constructed, he said.
“The revision of voters is done every year and during elections. It is a continuous process by the Election Commission. There is no evidence to substantiate the Congress’ allegation. It’s the Election Commission that does the process, and we have nothing to do with it. There is a process of name addition and deletion every year. The Congress must be doing this out of fear. Fake voters seem to be doing this for fear of being deleted,” he said.
Reacting to the Opposition’s demand for a probe by the judges, he demanded a judicial inquiry into everything. When they were in power, a judicial inquiry was conducted into the BDA matter which helped them escape from it. The police will work against crime quickly. The accused have been already arrested. Further action will be taken at the earliest, he said.
Before the inauguration programme and soon after he landed at the Mangalore Airport, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai visited AJ Hospital in the City to enquire about the health of MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Inland Waterways S. Angara, Lok Sabha member D. V. Sadananda Gowda, MLA Dr. Bharat Shetty, Deputy Commissioner Ravikumar M. R, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kumar and others were present.