Mangalore, Jul 14: J.R. Lobo, MLA of Mangalore South constituency on Saturday July 12 said that improving the basic infrastructure in Mangalore and transforming it into a major port city of the country was his main aim.
Speaking to press persons at the Eden Club here, Lobo said, “From over a year I have been working to make Mangalore a full-fledged port city and I will continue this work till the end of my tenure. There are five areas of development that has to be concentrated, development of the old port, development of fisheries infrastructure, improving the basic infrastructure of the city, developing tourism, and development of IT and industries in the city,” he said.
J.R. Lobo informed that, Rs 12 crore has been sanctioned for a new planetarium in Mangalore and the work is in progress. This will be the first 3D planetarium of the district and by next March it will open for visitors.
“A three-phase corniche project (ring road) has been planned. Jappinamogaru-Kuloor-Gurupur corniche road will enable smooth flow of traffic. It will change the whole landscape of Mangalore. Even though the project is time consuming, efforts will be made to finish the project within the stipulated time and for this everyone’s co-operation is required,” he said.
A project called ‘Coastal Circuit’ has been sanctioned to foster tourism in the district. The main agenda is to improve the beaches, and along with this, efforts will be made to complete the much anticipated Sultan Batteri hanging bridge through the PWD department, Lobo said.
Coming to fishing issue, he said, “We plan to construct an air conditioned fish market at Kankanady. Tourism can be boosted through this. All the major markets of the city will be upgraded. Some of them have already received approval from the government.
Regarding the flow of drainage water on roads, he said, “Due to issues related to land, we were not able to set up an electric tower due to which the STP plant in Jappinamogaru has stopped functioning. I have spoken to the people concerned and soon the plant will start working.”
Mayor Mahabala Maarla, deputy mayor Kavitha Salian, corporator Nagendra, ex-corporators Mariyamma Thomas, Congres Leaders T.K.Sudhir, Arun Kuvello, Ramananda and others were present.