'New fishing harbour, train to Howrah priorities'

G G Mohandas Prabhu takes charge as KCCI new chief

 
Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, newly elected KCCI President G G Mohandas Prabhu said that the Karnataka State Cricket Academy (KSCA) has already come forward for setting up a cricket stadium of international standard in Mangalore if they get suitable 25 acre land. He said that the alternate source of energy might provide uniterrupted power supply to Mangalore. He said that the KCCI has already made a request to the Minister for Industries Murugesh Nirani to set up additional industrial area in outskirts of Mangalore. “We will also urge for the setting up of a fulfledged passport office in Mangalore.”

The KCCI will urge the authorities concerned to find a permanent solution to Ghat problem along with the completion of roads and over bridges under the port connectivity project. There is a need to widen NH 48 from B C Road to Uppinangady, NH 13 from Mangalore to Karkala, state highway from B C Road to Belthangady.

Airport

Prabhu said that the KCCI had already submitted a proposal to the Minister of Civil Aviation to name Mangalore airport after U S Mallya who had worked for the overall development of undivided Dakshina Kannada.

The Air cargo complex is also the need of the hour to export vegetables, flowers to Gulf countries and the introduction of mini volvo buses to and from the airport. Stating that better markets are needed in Mangalore City Corporation limits, he said atleast 15 good markets are needed in the City. The KCCI will speak to Mayor Rajani Dugganna in this regard. With the widening of the roads in City, the authorities have neglected the footpaths and bus stands. “We will urge the authorities to expadiate footpath work and bus stop for the convenience of the people.”

He said that the KCCI will urge the Centre to see that Transferable Development Right issued by the local bodies are free of income tax and capital gain taxes.

‘Elevator at railway station’

KCCI President said that Divisional Railway Manger S K Raina during Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee of Palakkad Division had said that there is a proposal to provide passenger lifts and elevator at Mangalore Central railway station to help the senior citizens to move from one platform to another. Railway Ministry has also sanctioned an international standard railway station to Mangalore. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 550 crore. Raina will be visiting Mangalore to hold a discussion with all the stake holders on the international standard railway station soon. 

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