Dakshina Kannada will be a model tourism destination, says Ravi

With several projects having commenced or in the cusp of getting started, emphasis will be on the city’s infrastructure, economic and cultural development, Dakshina Kannada in-charge Minister C.T. Ravi has said.

He was speaking at the 64th Republic Day function here.

He said that in the first instalment of Rs. 100 crore special grant to Mangalore City Corporation, the government had released Rs. 96 crore for various development projects, mainly for roads. In addition to the first instalment, the government had sanctioned Rs. 100 to the civic body.

Mr. Ravi said that the district would be a model tourism destination once projects such as the Rs. 24.5 crore 3D planetarium at Pilikula and the Rs. 12 crore Sultan Batheri-Tannirbavi suspended pedestrian bridge across the Shambhavi (popularly called Gurupur river) come to fruition.

Apart from these, he said the 400m Synthetic track in Mangala Stadium will be completed soon at a cost of Rs. 3.6 crore, while work on the Rs. 15 crore Ranga Mandira, Rs. 4 crore Ambedkar Bhavan, Rs. 1 crore Mogera Bhavan and Rs. 21 crore Lady Goshen hospital block will get underway. Mr. Ravi said handling of solid waste had become of prime importance; and the setting up of a 14-member City Sanitation Task Force Committee, door-to-door solid waste collection, and the commissioning of a bio-gas plant to convert solid waste into electricity in the city is a step towards scientifically handling Solid Waste.

During his address, Mr. Ravi said the nation needed to remain wary of “forces” that want to destroy the social fabric of the country through terrorism, Maoist activities and communalism. Recalling the struggles and hardships involved in framing the Constitution, the Minister said it is only through unity and mutual respect that the objectives of freedom can be attained.

Patriotism was at display as around 4,600 school students across the city sang and performed to patriotic songs. The programme ended with a huge contingent of 23 schools performing at the Nehru Maidan.

Felicitated

Sharanabasappa, Deputy Director of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, Manjunath R. Shetty, Environment Officer of the Mangalore City Corporation, and Juliet Fernandes, Revenue Officer Belthangady Taluk, were felicitated for the services rendered. Agriculturists Seetharam Shetty, Rama Suvarna, Chandrashekar Shetty and Hameed, swimmer Sanketh Bangera and ice-skating champ Avani S. Kumar were also awarded for bringing laurels to the district in their disciplines.

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