Second instalment of Rs. 100-crore special grant to be spent.

Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) on Tuesday launched development projects using the second instalment of Rs. 100-crore special grant from the State government.

N. Yogish Bhat, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Mangalore City South MLA, launched work on three storm water drains.

Storm water drains will be built on either side of the stretch from Rao and Rao Circle to Clock Tower at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.08 crore; from Mangalore Central Railway Station to Koti Chennaya Circle in Nandigudda (one side) at an estimated cost of Rs. 95.80 lakh; and from A B Shetty Circle to Subhash Nagar Junction (one side) at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.31 crore. The work will be executed by Nirmiti Kendra.

Mr. Bhat said that of the second instalment of Rs. 100 crore, the government had released Rs. 20 crore to the civic body. He urged the elected representatives to monitor the quality of work.

He said that he had instructed corporation officials to fill potholes on city roads at the earliest. Pothole-filling work commenced on Monday. The civic body should ensure that two-wheeler riders and other vehicle users did not face any problem owing to potholes.

K.S. Linge Gowda, Assistant Executive Engineer at MCC, told The Hindu that the corporation would entrust eight more projects to Nirmiti Kendra. They included storm water drains, footpaths and planting of saplings on medians of concrete roads.

He said that other storm water drains would be built from KSRTC Junction to Kuntikana Junction (either side of the road); from Mangalore Central Railway Station to Nandigudda Circle (another side); storm water drains and footpaths on one side of Kadri Kambla Road and Bunts’ Hostel Circle to Mallikatta Junction; and storm water drains on either side of he stretch from Shivbagh Junction to Horticulture Junction. The estimated cost of 11 projects, including the three launched on Tuesday, was Rs. 16.71 crore.

Mr. Gowda said Nirmiti Kendra had to take care of the saplings planted on the medians of concrete roads for a year.

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