Mangalore, June 2: Addressing the press reporters in the press meet held on June 1,Saturday Nalin Kumar Kateel,MP of dakshina Kannada district said in his speech that a total fund of Rs 81.20 crore has been released from the MP fund in the last four years due to his recommendation.
Nalin Kumar Kateel,who completes his fourth successful year as the MP on June 2, has further said that the total amount of Rs 81,35,560 has been spent on various projects like urban development, rural development, education,health, agriculture, health, agriculture and various other sectors and projects.
He also said that one of the areas where more attention has to be paid is Railways and tender process for the construction of underpass at Padil railway crossing is well in progress, besides permission for Kutpady railway crossing has already been granted, he added.
Another area where prominence has to be given is the development and repair works of the National Highways and repair works of Shiradi Ghat has already been done at the cost of Rs 6.68 crore.
Rs 1.57 crore has already been utilized on the repair of damaged roads, which is due to rains in earlier years. He also added that through his recommendation, funds have been released for the developments of eight assembly constituencies of the district from chief minister’s special fund of Rs 5.6 crore, MPS local development fund Rs 12.53 crore, MRPL and KIOCL fund prime minster recovery fund Rs 92.78 crore, chief minister recovery fund Rs 22.25 crores and others
He further said that funds have also been spent on places of various worships like Rs 9 crore for temples over 100 temples, Rs 36 lakh for 49 mosques and also for setting up BSNL towers, he added.
With regard to ban on gutka in state, while welcoming the decision of banning gutka by the state government, Nalin Kumar said that since DK district has the highest number of arecanut growers, government might have thoroughly thought of other alternative plans like special packages and waiver of the loans taken from the nationalized bank for the arecanut cultivation etc for the arecanut farmers before implementing the decision of banning gutka in the state.
Monappa Bhandary, BJP leader and Padmanabha Kottary were present in the meet.
Photo source:Sathish Kapikad