Mangalore, August 26: In a press meet here on Tuesday, August 26th -the district Congress has sent a proposal to the state government requesting to shift the deputy commissioner’s office from State Bank to Alape-Padil, said MLC Ivan D’Souza. He added that the purpose is made in the view of decongesting the city.
Addressing reporters, Ivan D’Souza said that district in-charge minister Ramanath Rai, ministers and the MLAs are party to the proposal. Nearly 5.89 acres of land has been already identified in Alape-Padil, for this proposal.
He further revealed that in the last budget, the state government had released Rs 135 crore to construct separate DC offices in as many as six districts in the state. The Congress leaders of the district had requested the state to include Dakshina Kannada district in the list, Ivan said. The state government has allotted Rs 25 crore to each of these districts.
The DC’s building, if it comes up in the district, will include offices of more than 25 various departments under a single roof. It is planned with the aim to develop even the outskirts of the city, he added.
He also said that the construction of Rang Mandir, which was proposed years ago but failed several deadlines, would be taken up again at a budget of Rs 25 crore. “Besides, the district Congress has also requested the administration to construct a cricket stadium in the outskirts of the city. The construction work to build Abbakka Bhavan will start in Thokkottu at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore,” he said, explaining the overall plans mooted by the district Congress unit.
Ivan D’Souza said that he was happy that the flight between Kuwait-Mangalore was being resumed and said that it was the first issue he raised after he was nominated to the state legislative council.
Ivan D’Souza also formally supported the proposal of MLA J R Lobo to grant holiday on the Feast of Nativity which falls on September 8th. “It is a family feast, hence holiday is necessary” he added.
Earlier, the Congress leaders led by MLC Ivan D’Souza celebrated the victory of Congress in the by-elections in four states including Karnataka.
On this occasion, Ivan said that, “The people have supported the Congress and rejected the ideology of the BJP that is not suitable to our secular India”.
At the press meet; Shashidhar Hegde, Kodijal Ibrahim, Mayor Mahabala Marla were seen among others
Crackers were burst by the participants and they perked up for the Congress party.