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The chamber calls for starting the Mangalore-Bangalore train service at the earliest

Meeting of other chambers’ members proposed

Chamber to demand cargo service at Bajpe airport

MANGALORE: The new board of directors of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has decided to pressure the Government to improve the condition of roads and highways in Dakshina Kannada and expedite the passenger train service between Mangalore and Bangalore.

KCCI president Kumble Narasimha Prabhu told presspersons here on Thursday that the chamber’s first priority was to ensure that the Bangalore-Mangalore passenger train service started at the earliest. It would convene a meeting of representatives of chambers of commerce in Udupi, Puttur and Sullia and the Yatri Sangha, Udupi, on October 13 or 15 to discuss the matter. “Some people’s representatives will also be invited for the meeting,” he said. During an informal conversation with presspersons here on Thursday, Union Minister for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said he had been given to understand that the train service was likely to begin in the first or second week of November.

Mr. Prabhu said that another meeting would be held to evolve a plan of action to persuade the Government to repair the roads and highways in the district.

Officials of the Mangalore City Corporation and councillors, representatives of the Department of National Highways and the Public Works Department and people representing non-governmental organisations and other associations would be invited to the meeting.

Delegation

The chamber would urge the Government to take steps to include the Mangalore region under the Mysore Division of South Western Railway by creating a Palghat Division of Southern Railway, he said. Mr. Prabhu said a delegation of the chamber would visit a few cities in West Asia in February to seek investment in the Mangalore Special Economic Zone and other projects.

Talks with some non-resident Indians in this regard were on.

He said there was a need to start a cargo service at Bajpe airport. For this, the Commissionerate of Customs here had to declare the airport suitable for handling cargo.

The chamber would urge the authorities concerned to take action in this regard, he said.

The new governing body proposes to organise seminars on different topics every month.A seminar-cum-exhibition on the textile industry will be organised in December.

Srinivas S. Kamath, vice-president; G.G. Mohandas Prabhu and M. Shekhar Poojary, honorary secretaries; and Ahmed Bava, honorary treasurer, KCCI, were present.

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