In the first phase, it had planned to develop Morgan’s Gate, Old Port, Car Street, and Sulthan Bathery areas. The study of students had focused on how to develop these four areas which were on the river front

Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has prepared the initial project report of proposed Mangala Corniche Project (a ring road) which would cost up to Rs. 4,000 crore, according to its chairman Ramesh S.

He said that the MUDA would publish the highlights of the first phase (for a 12-km stretch) of the report in newspapers within a week. The MUDA would prepare the detailed project report on the ring road, he said.

He was speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a programme organised to highlight the river front town planning scheme prepared by a group of students of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Ramesh said that students of Master of Architecture in Urban Design at CEPT University have prepared the town planning scheme for a 12-km stretch from Morgan’s Gate to Kuloor covering Old Port, Car Street, and Sulthan Bathery areas. It was the first phase of the ring road project. The stretch was part of the 30-km-long proposed ring road project. The 30-km road would be widened to 100 ft.

According to the plans of the MUDA, some identified areas along the ring road should be developed. In the first phase, it had planned to develop Morgan’s Gate, Old Port, Car Street, and Sulthan Bathery areas. The study of students had focused on how to develop these four areas which were on the river front (of the Netravathi and the Phalguni (popularly called Gurupur) to make it attractive to both local people and tourists.

Mr. Ramesh said MUDA was determined to go ahead with the project. The 12-km stretch would be developed in the first phase.

Mr. Ramesh said that wherever land was required for the project, the land owners would be made partners of the project. He did not elaborate on how the land owners would be made the partners.

While addressing a gathering on the occasion, N. Yogish Bhat, Mangalore City South MLA and Deputy Speaker in the Legislative Assembly, said that the ring road would be constructed on elevated tracks wherever there was thick population.

Deputy Commissioner N. Prakash and Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation Harish Kumar K. watched presentations by students for some time.

P.V.K Rameshwar, Head, Department of Urban Design, CEPT University, spoke.

Manohar Baliga, a doctor who was a participant, raised several questions on the implementation of project. They were regarding acquisition of land, relief, and rehabilitation and funding.

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