Acharya lays foundation stone for sports complex

Mangalore may get intl-standard cricket stadium in two years

Acharya lays foundation stone for sports complex

The stadium is expected to come up in two years.  Speaking on the occasion, Dr Acharya assured the association of full cooperation from the State government towards realising its dream.

“The government is ready to consider your demand of allotting more land for the complex. If the association takes a delegation to Bangalore, necessary meeting will be arranged with the Chief Minister and the Sports Minister,” he said.

“Despite carving its niche in all other fields, Mangalore had failed to have an international turf. Now, the moment has come to overcome the disappointment,” the Home Minister said. District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said about 5.5 acre land is already with the Youth Affairs and the Sports Department and the project requires an additional 6.5 acre. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to make necessary arrangements to provide the required land for the proposed sports complex.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLAs N Yogish Bhat, K Abhaychandra Jain, Coastal Development Authority Chairman B Nagaraj Shetty, Nitte University Vice Chancellor Prof M Shatharam Shetty, Deputy Commissioner V Poonuraj, DKCA President Dr Srikanth Rai and Secretary Arun Kumar Shetty were present.

Opposition

Prior to this, the devotees of Sriguru Vaidyanatheshwara Kordabbu Daivasthana, located on the land where the proposed sports complex is going to come up, submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister urging that the Daivasthana should not be harmed. “The Daivasthana is a centre of faith for hundreds of people in the region for centuries, and hence it should not be demolished,” they urged.

Rivals trying to tarnish my image: Palemar

District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said his name is unnecessarily being dragged into the missing case of young lawyer Preetham. “I have no role in the case. My rivals are simply trying to tarnish my image by doing all these things. Nothing is clear as what happened to the person, but people are already alleging that I have a role in Preetham’s ‘murder’. This is an attempt to politicise the issue,” he said.

Palemar also said he “would not tolerate the problems created by the so called environmentalists” with regard to development projects. “These progressive people are blocking the MSEZ too. Now, a former MLA is into land dealings, and trying to blacken my name. People may also try to block the sports complex, but the locals should not pay heed to them,” he said.

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