Mangalore, September 6: MLC Ivan D’Souza told the journalists that the cultural theatre Ranga Mandir would be erected in Bondel where the foundation stone was laid few years ago, which is one among the long pending demand of the Mangalorean’s,
Ivan D’souza responded to the press after assuming his new office which was inaugurated on Saturday September 6th, on the first floor of the city corporation. A website and facebook handle was also unveiled for the active participation of the people in policy making and to keep the citizens updated on the works he undertakes on a daily basis.
D’Souza said that, “It is appalling, if we look back at the history of Ranga Mandir which has not yet materialized” and added that he would not comment much on the past. When asked whether the structure would be completed within a year or two, he expressed that he might not comprehend that but the work to construct the building will be initiated within a short span of time.
The foundation stone for Ranga Mandir was already laid in Bondel on August 23rd, 2010. For construction, the Kannada and culture department was allotted as many as 3.35 acres of land by the district administration. There was another proposal from the department of youth service and sports seeking allotment of land to establish a cricket stadium in the same place.
“The move to establish Ranga Mandir at Bondel is in view of expanding the outer layer of the city”, he said. He also conformed to the press that the new location to house the cricket stadium in the city would be finalized.
Speaking about the new website he said, “This would consolidate my ideas as the website offers platforms for the citizens to send suggestions on issues dealt by the MLC. The website is designed for the active participation of people and to keep them updated with the new policies and projects.”
He revealed that the office provided by the state government in the premises of City Corporation would help him to meet people regularly and quickly implement projects in the district.
He thanked the Mangalore south MLA Mr J R Lobo, Mayor of Mangalore city corporation Mr Mahabala Marla, ministers from the district and other well wishers during the opening ceremony of his office.