Mayor approves economic survey

MANGALORE, MARCH 17. With the Mangalore City Corporation budget to be presented soon, the Chairman of the Finance Committee has recommended several revenue-generating schemes that might help the corporation repay the loans taken from Asian Development Bank.

In a meeting that took place here today, a group of corporators headed by the Mayor, Purandaradasa Kulur, approved the economic survey. This means that some of the points could well go into the budget document.

The Chairman of the Finance Committee, Naveen D'Souza, told The Hindu that it is time that the corporation looks at new avenues of generating revenue, and one of them is collecting a special toll from bullet tankers and trucks carrying iron and manganese ore, granite blocks and timber. There are some 3,000 trucks entering Mangalore every day and the committee has agreed to levy a toll of Rs. 100 on a truck, Mr. D'Souza said. However, trucks carrying other goods are exempted from the levy.

The corporation will also hike the fees for laying underground telephone cables by companies.

It will also give one more chance to those drawing water for commercial purpose on domestic rates, to report the anomaly and get it corrected. Hefty fines will be imposed on offenders, he warned. The committee has also cleared several development works that include widening of the stretch between New Chitra cinema-Gokarnanatha Temple-Lady Hill Road at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The cricket pavilion to be built at Nehru Maidan will get Rs. 15 lakhs, Rs. 30 lakhs will go for paving the footpaths with interlocking blocks, Rs. 10 lakhs will be allocated for a new football ground at Yemmekere, Rs. 20 lakhs for Padil market upgrading, Rs. 6 lakhs for the Kavoor-Bolpugudde road, Rs. 17 lakhs for the Kulur-Melukoppala road, Rs. 5 lakhs for the Shaktinagar playground, Rs. 20 lakhs for upgrading the Kankanady market, Rs. 15 lakhs for constructing an open air theatre, and Rs. 20 lakhs for the Padil Bajal railway station road.

The committee has also okayed the outlay of Rs. 20 crores for the additional vented dam across the Nethravati, which has been approved by the Chief Minister in a meeting with the Mayor in Bangalore.

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