Mangaluru June 3, 2016: MLA JR Lobo has said that the fisheries and old port need to be modernized to make Mangaluru a true Smart city.
Addressing the Press at his office on June 3, Friday, he said that whole political fraternity was saddened after Mangaluru city failed make it to the list of Smart cities in its first round. Davangere was selected because of its Mandakki colony while Belgaum was chosen because of its vast history, he said adding necessary measures should be taken to ensure Mangaluru makes it in the next list.
The fisheries and old port have played a very important role in the development of the region and even Lakshadweep was dependent on Mangalore port, but today 80% of trade have moved to Kerala, he added.
Elaborating on the measures that need to be taken to develop the old port, Lobo said it has been decided to develop and modernise the old port so that Mangaluru becomes a smart city.
Arun Coelho, Corporator Appi and others were present.
Drainage overflows in a ’prospective’ Smart city !
Everyone is busy talking about ways and means of making Mangaluru a smart city. But, it is a pity that the authorities have failed in tackling some basic problems arising mainly owing to lack of proper maintenance of underground drainages or side drains. The entire Bunts Hostel Road has been stinking since the past three days due to a drainage overflow opposite Toyoto Showroom and CV Nayak Hall.
When asked about this, MLA JR Lobo said that "Mangaluru is a perfect city and such issues have been happening every now and then and such kind of issues will not have much impact on Mangaluru being smart city."