Mangalore, September 18: A meeting was held on Wednesday September 17th at Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) regarding the developmental works carried by the various departments of MCC. The meeting was presided over by Mayor Mahabala Maarla.
During the meeting, the following developments were briefed.
- To upgrade Mangalore Junction Railway Station and the Bajpe airport to world class standards, with proper road facilities. MCC has already discussed with the central railway department in regard to develope Mangalore junction.
- According to the Smart City project of the central government, a city should have a population of at least 5 to 10 lakhs. According to the 2011 census, the city population was 4,99,487. Moodushedde has a population of 81,031 people. The MCC plans to assimilate Moodushedde also and request the central government to include Mangalore city under the Smart City project.
- Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers (MCF) and Kudremukh companies are established companies. For various reasons, these companies are going to shut down. These companies provide job opportunities to many in the city and to save these companies, a petition has been sent to the central and state government, Maarla explained.
- In order to provide water to the citizens, construction of vented dam costing Rs 75.5-crore across River Netravati near Thumbe is under progress and will be completed in 2015.
- Widening of railway over-bridge (ROB) between Netravati Cabin and Mangalore central railway station is estimated at Rs 630 lakhs and a request has been sent to the railway department of the government to pay the estimated cost. MCC will bear Rs 12.60 lakhs of the construction cost, he added.
- To manage and dispose of solid waste, MCC has called two new package tenders through e-procurement. These two package contracts are taken up by Antony Waste Handling Cell Private Limited. The government has already approved the contract, which is for seven years and will start from December 2015. The contractors are supposed to use their own hydraulic vehicles, assigning them for door-to-door waste collection.
- Everyday sweeping at least 25 km with the help of machines. Weed removal and cleaning the dividers is a must, the mayor said.
Malaria Control Operation
- Controlling Malaria in construction sites
For three days, malaria inspection will be done by 11 teams from MCC. So far the crew has covered 183 construction sites in two days and traced 85 mosquito-ridden sites. Till date, 110 on-spot blood tests have been carried. All 82 blood testing centres are submitting malaria and dengue reports to the MCC.
- Guppy fish campaign:The health department will be doing door-to-door survey to identify and deal with places where mosquitoes thrive and release guppy fish in wells.
- Free blood test and medicine:MCC will provide medicines for malaria to private and government hospitals and people can go to any hospital for free malaria treatment.
- Public awareness:Schools, colleges and government organisations will hold malaria awareness programmes.
Welfare Scheme Fund 2013-2014
- House Construction
For the construction of houses, Rs 1, 50,000 has been sanctioned to each of the 37 beneficiaries under 22.75% welfare scheme fund and a total Rs 32.85 lac has been spent in the year 2013-14.
- Educational support
Under this scheme, meritorious children belonging to SC/STs and studying in SSLC are given Rs 2,000 each. In all, 60 students benefited from this scheme. Students studying in PUC or doing vocational or diploma courses are provided with Rs 3,000 each and 60 students were selected for the scheme. Students studying BA, BSc, BCom and other courses have been given Rs 4,000 and 40 students benefited. MCom, MA, MSW, MSC and BE students are given Rs 6,000 each and 4 students got this fund this year.
- Information Camps
To know about health and hygiene in sanitation department, MCC organised various programmes and spent Rs 52,000 and Rs 39,000 on law information camp.
7.25% Welfare Scheme Fund
Toilets for 87 beneficiaries, houses for 33 people, self-employment fund for the 142 people, cooking gas connection to 1,147 people and tap water connection for 265, laptops to the 10 BE and MBBS students, basic requirements like road, drinking water, street lights, public toilets have also been provided in the city.
Welfare schemes for differently-able
Rs 3,65,506 was paid for medical expenses for 28 physically challenged, Rs 9,59,489 for artificial limbs, hearing aids, wheel chairs and walkers for 17 people.
National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM)
MCC has been selected under NULM project by the centre for housing and urban poverty alleviation.To remove poverty, NULM is going to organize various training programmes like heavy vehicle driving, fashion designing, animation, photography, plastic manufacturing technology, beautician courses and many more.
Mayor Mahabala Maarla also said that the widening of a few areas in the city is the need of the hour. “Hampanakatta junction road widening at the cost of Rs 70 lakhs, Mallikatte junction road at Rs 99.75 lakhs, PVS Junction road at Rs 76 lakhs, Bunts Hostel junction road at Rs 60 lakhs and Jyothi junction road at Rs 80 lakhs and various other junctions around Mangalore are going to be widened and developed”, he informed.
“Work on construction of footpath and drainage at Kadri Kambla road, Bunts Hostel junction to Mallikatte Shivbagh junction, from Kadri Shivbagh to St Agnes College is going to start very soon”, he said.
Regarding the renovation of Town Hall, Maarla said, “Seating arrangements, air condition, flooring, green room altering, more power generators, painting of windows and entire building, construction of parking bay and CCTV installation will be done as soon as possible”.
In this meeting, Deputy mayor Kavita, MCC commissioner in charge Gokul Das Nayak, corporator Shashidhar Hegde among others were present.