Khader says the building will house all health-related offices of the district

An Arogya Soudha will be built in Mangalore to bring all health-related offices together for Rs. 8 crore of which Rs. 4 crore has been sanctioned.

Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader told presspersons here on Thursday that the District Health Officer (DHO) and the District Surgeon, Dakshina Kannada, were discussing where to set up the Arogya Soudha in Mangalore. Places near Wenlock Government Hospital and Attavar Main Road were potential sites for the Soudha, he said.

He said each district will get similar Arogya Soudha. He said work on a similar Soudha to consolidate State-level Health Department offices began in Bangalore three months ago at a cost of Rs. 80 crore. “Now, in all districts too, we have decided (that such an office will be built),” he said.

Jetty in Ullal

A fishing jetty will be come up in Ullal for parking boats for Rs. 5 crore; of that, Rs. 1.5 crore was sanctioned last year and Rs. 3.5 crore will be sanctioned this year, Mr. Khader said.

Sea erosion in Ullal would be dealt with in three stages: a reef would be constructed for Rs. 62 crore, berm for Rs. 25 crore and breakwaters for Rs. 46 crore.

Passenger jetties would be built at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh each at Arkula, Thumbe, Sajapanadu, Innoli, Pavoor and Farangipete.

As Pavoor Uliya Island has no road connectivity, construction of a hanging bridge, costing Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 2.5 crore, was being considered.

This could make it a tourist spot, the minister said. An expert visited it and the final estimate had been given to the Nirmithi Kendra. A link road will be built between Thokkotu and Melkar.

Two high schools had been sanctioned in Amblamogaru and Someshwara, Kumpala, both in Mangalore taluk. A Government First Grade Degree College would be set up in Mudipu.

There was a proposal to set up a Government Pre University College but it has not been sanctioned. A government ITI would start in Kotekar. A low-cost housing project for the middle class would be started on 13 acres of land next to Mangalore University in Konaje through the Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

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