A pre-paid autorickshaw booth at Mangalore Junction Railway Station in Kankanady must be set up as had been done in the Mangalore Central Railway Station and at KSRTC bus-stand, said Latha R. Kini, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

She told presspersons here on Tuesday that the system had been working on a trial basis at the railway station. “The mapping has to be done (for the software-based system). We are looking into the details and it is not yet finalised,” she said. The software was from National Informatics Centre (NIC). Ms. Kini said there was a need for a dedicated fire station in the Baikampady Industrial Area, where thousands of people worked. “We hope the fishing harbour (at Kulai) would be a reality soon,” she said. The State government in its 2011-12 budget had announced Rs. 100 crore for building small fishing harbours, she said.

A KCCI release said although international flights operated from Bajpe Airport, it was yet to get the international status. The new terminal and new setup were of international standards and hence the airport needed to be declared as an international airport, it said. Authorities must pay attention to the demand for bus stops and pavements in the Mangalore City Corporation area and the Baikampady bridge, she said.

The former president of KCCI, G.G. Mohandas Prabhu, said two months ago the Karnataka High Court delivered a judgment wherein the Bunder was declared a “sub yard”. Traders could continue to trade at either the Bunder yard or the APMC Baikampady yard while farmers and consumers could use both yards. “It is win-win situation for all,” he said.

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