The Mangalore City Corporation began preliminary work to upgrade the stretch between Father Muller Hospital and Morgans’ Gate to a two-lane concrete road.

At an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore, concrete would be laid on the 2.5 km stretch which passes through Valencia and Marnamikatta. The Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada district, J. Krishna Palemar, inaugurated the project near the hospital on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Hindu on the occasion, Mayor M. Shankar Bhat said that the two-lane road will be 7.5 metre in width. The civic body chose not make it a four-lane road to save huge trees in Valencia area.

According to Ganeshan, Assistant Executive Engineer of the corporation, a private contractor who will be awarded the work will have to complete the road in six months from Tuesday.

Market complex

The Minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of a market complex at Bejai on Tuesday. Karnataka Land Army Corporation Limited (KLACL), a State Government undertaking, will build it at an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crore.

The Mayor said that the complex will have a basement, lower ground floor, upper ground floor (mezzanine floor), first, second and third floors. In the first phase, the KLACL will construct only the basement and lower ground floor within one year. The civic body will release Rs. 1 crore for the purpose. Other floors will be constructed later in a phased manner.

Mr. Bhat said that the basement will have 8,000 sq. ft. floor area. It will be used for parking of vehicles. The lower ground floor will have provision for 12 shops, five vegetable stalls, three fruit stalls and two flower stalls.