Mangaluru: The much anticipated inauguration of the renovated Town Hall here took place on Saturday, November 14, with Dakshina Kannada district In-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai cutting the ribbon. Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake inaugurated the formal ceremony.
Addressing the gathering, Rai sought forgiveness for the delay and held a few officials responsible for the same. Refreshing older memories he said that the Town Hall was the cynosure of all eyes once upon a time and that it used to be booked throughout the year. However, due to the venture of private players in the city, the Hall lost its sheen with the passage of time. He hoped that the renovated all would serve the public of Mangaluru to its fullest in the coming days.
Minister Sorake expressed happiness as the Town Hall was renovated completely despite several hurdles.
Speaking about the Smart City project, he said that out of the 20 cities selected for the project in the first phase, Mangaluru stood first. He urged the public to co-operate in making the dream come true.
MLC Ivan D’Souza said that the Mangaluru Town Hall is the best of all Town Halls in the state. He appealed to the Mangaluru City Corporation to install solar systems for electricity and promised support in releasing funds for the same.
DK Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim urged the MCC to maintain it in such a way that it looks as good as new five years down the line and comes into full use in the long run.
A colourful dance highlighting the traditional and culture of the coastal region was a special attraction of the programme. A tribute was paid to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.
MCC Mayor Jacintha Alfred, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Abhaychandra Jain, MLAs J R Lobo and Moiddin Bava were present among others.