Team to take up study of coastal region

Special Correspondent

Work launched on flood prevention structure

`State can get huge investments if PCPIR is set up'KSIIDC team will submit its report in 10 weeks: Yogish Bhat

MANGALORE: The Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation (KSIIDC) will scientifically pursue the setting up of the Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemicals Investment Region in the State. The region is expected to bring huge investment in the sector in the State, according to N. Yogish Bhat, Chairman of the KSIIDC.

Mr. Bhat, who is also Mangalore MLA, was speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function to launch work on the construction of a flood prevention structure (a 1.3 crore-project) on the banks of the Gurupur river at Bockapatna, here on Friday.

He said that a KSIIDC team will take up a study of the coastal region of the State to determine the location, availability of infrastructure and eco-sensitiveness of the region, submit its report in 10 weeks.

He said the matter was urgent, as the committee headed by the Prime Minister had proposed two such regions in the country and States such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal were also in the race. The State could get investments of up to Rs. 1,00,000 crore in next 10 years if the region was set up, he added.

The team would arrive soon and the KSIIDC would approach the Indian Space Research Organisation for mapping Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in an area of 250 sq km for identifying the land for the project, Mr. Bhat said.

The KSIIDC was also looking at various investment opportunities in areas such as infrastructure, shipping, tourism, transport and recreation in the coastal region, he said.

On the projects for Mangalore Mr. Bhat said that there were huge plots of land in Urva Stores and Lal Bagh in Mangalore.

The land could be used for setting up commercial complexes and for housing government employees, he said. The total land available would be to the extent of 49 acres, he said.

At Thaneerbavi, the KSIIDC would bring investment to set up an 18-hole golf course by the seaside and for a marine aquarium.

Mr. Bhat said the people living by the riverside from Sulthan Bathery to Hoige Bazaar (1.3 km) were susceptible for flood-related difficulties every year during the monsoons.

The flood prevention wall, which had been cleared by the Government at a cost of 1.3 crore, would come up in 10 months, he said. The Government was also examining the financial viability of the Mangala Carnice Road from Ullal bridge to Kulur bridge, Mr. Bhat added.

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