Moodushedde, Mulky, Ullal likely to be included in MCC

Corporation will invest Rs 600 crore for Mlore in 5 years: Mayor


Mayor M Shankar Bhat being felicitated at the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mangalore on Friday. dh photo

Addressing an interactive session convened by Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) at the Chamber hall here on Friday, Bhat said the government has already permitted the inclusion of Moodushedde into the MCC. Only the Council’s nod is awaited, which will be discussed in the forthcoming council meeting. There are also proposals to include Ullal and Mulky into the Corporation, he explained.

“Mangalore is a fast growing city with 132.5 sq km geographical area with over six lakh population. It has about 842 km of running road. With the inclusion of more areas, the total area doubles, necessitating more infrastructure and development projects,” he said.

Rs 600 cr in 5 years

Delineating on the blue print, the ruling BJP has envisaged for the comprehensive development of Mangalore, the Mayor said the Corporation has decided to invest Rs 600 crore in various development projects before the completion of its current term.

“The Corporation has invested Rs 200 crore in various projects in the last one year including Rs 100 crore from the State government and Rs 75 crore grant from the State Finance Commission. Widening and concretisation of the city roads are going on a war-foot basis. The picture of Mangalore is going to be a different one in a few years,” Bhat explained.

No more water woes

Shankar Bhat said Mangalore would soon be relieved of its water woes since the 18 MGD-capacity new pipeline is almost ready for commissioning.

“The ADB-funded Rs 140 crore parallel pipeline project is being tested. Water has already reached Padil, and engineers from various parts of the country are busy in preparing the line for actual functioning. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa himself will be dedicating the project for Mangaloreans once the preparation is over,” he said adding that once the pipeline is completed, the city will get surplus water. The underground drainage (UGD) project is also being completed in the city. About 100 km stretch is yet to be finished. The entire project will be ready for functioning with one more year, he noted.

SAS to be revised

Bhat said the Corporation would implement the revised format of Self Assessment System (SAS) of taxation within one month.

“There is no thought of withdrawing it, since the decision was taken during the administrator’s rule. It has already been implemented. We can only revise it to see that it will not be a burden for the people,” he said.

The KCCI submitted a memorandum to the Mayor suggesting reduction in the SAS percentage.

‘Vested interests’

Commenting on the opposition being raised against certain multi-crore projects in the district, the Mayor said “vested interests are working behind the scene”.  “People want electricity, but they opposed Nandikur project; people want petroleum but they opposed MRPL. Now, the people want employment and progress, but they are opposing MSEZ.

There are vested interests behind this,” he said.

The Mayor was felicitated on the occasion. Meanwhile, the Chamber also honoured Karthik Kashyap, the son of Shankar Bhat, for his successful entry into the civil services stream. KCCI President Srinivas S Kamath and other office bearers were present.

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