Udupi, March 17, 2016 : Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA, said on March 16, Wednesday said that the State government had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for the construction of the District Ambedkar Bhavan in Udupi. He was chairing a review meeting of engineers of government departments.
MLA Madhwaraj said that the money would be released soon for the bhavan. The aim is to construct an Ambedkar Bhavan with all modern facilities, including air-conditioning. It would come up on 78 cents of land close to the taluk-level Ambedkar Bhavan at Adiudupi here.
The repair work of the taluk-level Ambedkar Bhavan was going on. He directed the officials of the Nirmiti Kendra and the Social Welfare Department to visit the spot and decide on the modalities for the construction of the Ambedkar Bhavan.
MLA said that more compensation would be paid to those who were losing their land for the widening (four-laning) of the Manipal-Athrady stretch on Malpe-Tirthalli National Highway 169A. The land losers were waiting for the last four years for compensation.
They should be paid higher compensation not the compensation agreed upon four years ago. He would hold a meeting of the land losers as soon as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) worked out the details of widening the stretch, he said.
The Assistant Executive Engineer of National Highways Department, said that the land losers would be provided with maximum compensation under the Land Acquisition Act 2013.
Arun Kumar, Project Director, Nirmiti Kendra, said that the restoration work of a section of the historic Mud Place at Sural village was nearing completion. It would be ready by mid-April.
The Nirmiti Kendra had already spent Rs. 1.3 crore of a total of Rs. 1.6 crore allotted for the restoration work.
MLA Madhwaraj directed him to construct toilets and make proper drinking water arrangements near the Mahalingeshwara Temple at Sural as a lot of pilgrims visited it for the annual fair in April.
He directed the engineers of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) to provide drinking water to areas in Hanumant Nagar, Duglipadavu and Kukkikatte. Ganesh, CMC engineer, informed the meeting that there was 46 centimetres more water in the Baje Dam on Thursday compared to the corresponding period last year.
The construction of 24 small shops at a cost of Rs. 24 lakh on Malpe Beach would be completed within a couple of weeks. All shopkeepers would be taken into confidence about the shops on the beach, Mr. Madhwaraj said.
D. Manjunathayya, CMC Commissioner, Raju, Executive Engineer, Zilla Panchayat, T.S. Rathod, Executive Engineer, Ports and Fisheries, and Premnath, District Social Welfare Officer, were present.