Special Correspondent

Group ready to fund construction of terminal and Airport-Maravoor Bridge Road

MANGALORE: The World NRI Consortium headed by Abu Dhabi-based Mangalorean B. Raghuram Shetty has stated that the consortium is keen on developing infrastructure in Mangalore and its periphery, including the airport.

Dr. Shetty, who on Monday addressed a joint press conference with the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada Dr. H.V. Parshwanath and MLA N. Yogish Bhat, told that some of the areas identified were health care, tourism, sports and recreation.

Dr. Shetty said the primary concern of the consortium was commissioning of international airport at Mangalore at the earliest. The consortium was ready to fund two major components of the airport - terminal building and Airport-Maravoor Bridge Road, he said.

Dr. Shetty said since the consortium was a large body with international investors, funding was not a problem. It was only concerned with the delay in commissioning, lack of political will and bureaucratic hurdles.

He said he did not agree with the views of State Civil Aviation Minister P.G.R. Sindhia that the terminal building will take two years to be completed. The consortium was keen on completing it early in 2006. All it wanted was early clearance of papers, which the Government in its new role as facilitator was bound to do.

Hospital equipment

Expressing concern over poor standards of healthcare in the government Wenlock Hospital, Dr. Shetty said that talks were on with the Siemens medical equipment company for providing ultramodern hospital equipment such as MRI, CT scan, dialysis units and diagnostic equipment for the hospital.

He said the Mangala Stadium will be given a facelift and have a rubberised track. A swimming pool of international standards will come up in Yemmekere in Jeppu area, he added. A golf course, spa and health resort have also been planned. The Mangalore city will be beautified in phases. In the first phase, parks will be given a facelift, with special emphasis on Kadri Park, Dr. Shetty added.