Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, said on Tuesday that Rs. 17.5 crore had been sanctioned for the development of roads belonging to the Public Works Department (PWD) in Udupi district.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Mudrangady-Santhur Road. He also inaugurated the Akshara Dasoha midday meal room at St. Francis Higher Primary School.

Mr. Sorake said that of the Rs. 17-crore for the development of PWD roads, Rs. 7.5 crore was expected from the PWD, while the remaining amount of Rs. 10 crore from the Central Road Fund (CRF). Another proposal for the development of PWD roads would be sent to the government.

The PHC would be constructed within 15 months at a cost of Rs. 1.25 crore in one and a half acres of land here. Provision would be made for the upgrade of the PHC building if necessary for the future. The Mudrangady-Santhur Road would be developed at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore.

He lauded the role of Christian missionaries and Catholic institutions for providing quality education to children in most parts of Udupi district.

The Minister had either laid foundation stone or inaugurated 44 Akshara Dasoha rooms in various schools in the district.