Mangaluru: The Mangalore City Corporation along with the district heads and the administration presented a brief report on the Urban Development of the city on Monday July 27.
Addressing the press persons along with the MCC officials District in-charge Minister Ramanath Rai said, “With the intention to develop the roads and drainage system of the city, the district administration has identified seven main roads under the development plan, which will be rectified, in this phase”.
He also mentioned that there has been a delay in the plan for development made for the Mangalore Town Hall; however, he assured that it will soon be completed.
According to the plan, the footpaths and the drainage systems in the city will be tended to, repaired and renovations will be taking place, and markets will be renovated. Under the ADB scheme a total sum of Rs 218 cr has been allocated to the up-gradation of the drainage system alone, the plan said.
The seven identified roads under the plans that are scheduled to get a new look are as follows: Kochanadi to Kavoor (2cr), Pachanady Mangalore (1.5 cr), Maladi Court Road (2cr), Ladyhill Circle to Koragajja Gudi (1cr), Durga Mahal to Bokkapatna Church (1.6 cr), Subhash Nagar Junction to Mangaladevi Temple (4.6 cr) and Kadri Temple Dwara to Kadri Temple (1 cr). As per the plan several markets around the city as well, will be up for upliftment.
Meanwhile Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake said that under the central government guidelines they have included Mangaluru City Corporation under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme, in which the union government and the state government will each provide Rs 100 crore.
Further speaking about the Smart City project, the minister said, “The union government has already issued guidelines on Smart Cities and given a list of criteria like availability of water 24×7, solid waste management, E-governance etc. After a thorough evaluation, we have to send a proposal to the union government. In Karnataka we are examining 11 city corporations for this. Karnataka has been allotted six Smart Cities, so we will be selecting them out of the 11 corporations as per guidelines. The union government will provide Rs 500 crore in five years and the state government also will provide the same amount during the same time.”
When asked about the old bus stand and the long-awaited project of building a multi-storey parking facility, MLA J R Lobo said, “We cannot do all at a time but will surely look what can be done”, he stated.