Surathkal gets largest share of road development fund

With work on Coastal SEZ starting, basic infrastructure getting priority

Special Correspondent

SURATHKAL: With work on the Coastal Special Economic Zone starting, the basic infrastructure in Surathkal, Panambur, Kulai, Kulur and the interior areas of Bajpe and a part Mulky is getting due attention.

A major part of the Surathkal assembly constituency, under which comes most of the land identified for Coastal SEZ, is getting all the road projects sanctioned and completed before December 2005 and many other Major District Roads (MDRs) and fisheries roads will also be made motorable.

According to the MLA of Surathkal, Krishna J. Palemar, this constituency has the potential to become the hub of the financial activities in the State when it will eventually host many components of the SEZ, particularly the petrochemicals complex and the downstream industries of petroleum sector. Mr. Palemar said he was sure that the Government, which has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ONGC and the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the proposed SEZ, will keep up its commitment.

Mr. Palemar said that the Government is considerate as far as rural roads and MDRs are concerned and Surathkal has got the top priority in the district as far as the development of roads are concerned. Various departments have spent over Rs. 2.84 crores towards the rural roads, which include Vamanjoor-Moodushedde, Mangalapete-Thalipady, Soorinje-Delanthabettu, Pavanje ferry, Kalavaru-Jokatte road, Mukka-Sashihitlu and the road from the cargo gate of Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. to Kaikamba road.

Other roads that will go through an overhaul are Paddeangady-Madhya-Chelaru road, Yekkaru-Durganagar-Mallevu, Malavoor, Karambaru-Porkodi, Permude cross to Padavu Ummanabettu, and Bedapadavu-Kalloli-Kuthethoor road.

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