Mangalore, June 2, 2011: Chennappa Gowda, the DC of Dakshina Kannada district, said that the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has already received the chief minister’s fund of Rs. 100 crore earmarked for the Mangala Corniche Road. A sum of Rs. 2 crore will be spent on the survey, he said and added that the government has already approved it and that tenders will be called this week.
Speaking about safety measures for the monsoons, he said that the civic body has taken all the required steps to keep the public safe during these monsoons. A district coordination meeting has been convened for tomorrow and the issue of rescue boats will be discussed. Currently, 6 NCC boats from Pilikula and the Home Guards are used for rescue purposes.
The DC also said that the CM has released Rs. 100 crore for the development of the city’s infrastructure, of which Rs. 96 crore has already been spent.
Speaking of solid waste management in the city, he said that the district-level door-to-door collection of waste is the need of the hour. Stating that 75 percent of the houses have already been covered, he said that 25 percent to 30 percent of the houses have still not received this facility.
He further said that micro and small farmers implementing scientific farming will receive funds of Rs. 10,000 each by the state government under the Swarna Bhoomi Yojana. He said that 27,821 farmers have already applied for these funds, adding that the public relations officer will be appointed next week to look into this matter.
He also said that the government will acquire 150 acres of land for the purpose of extending the runway of Mangalore Airport.
Regarding compensation of Endosulphan victims, he said that all victims will be paid compensation of Rs. 50,000 each and that Rs. 27 lakhs has already been released to the rehabilitation centre for Endosulphan victims at Dharmasthala Rural Temple.
Stating that there is no sand mining in CRZ zones, he said that strict action will be taken against those who extract sand from this forbidden zone.
MCC Commissioner Dr. K. N. Vijayaprakash and Additional Commissioner Prabhakar Sharma were also present.