Mangaluru, Feb 24, 2015 : Commuters in the city were jubilant and relieved that a vital artery road closed since Nov 2014 in Mangaluru city, Bunts Hostel to Jyothi (Dr Ambedkar circle), opened for traffic February 23. District in-charge Minister Ramanath Rai headed the opening ceremony.
In his remarks on the occasion Minister Rai said, "This is a very important road in Mangaluru city. The project was undertaken with funds from the second phase of Rs 100 crore grant for development works. Most of the roads in the city are already concreted and this was one pending, it is now in good form”. He expressed thanks to mayor Mahabala Maarla and MLA J R Lobo for success.
He stated that the work on the vented dam had halted because of lack of funds, now since the funds have been released, the work will resume soon. MLA J R Lobo thanked the mayor, MCC commissioner and engineers for completing the work on time. "Works on the streetlights, signboards, footpaths and other facilities will be completed very soon. Kadri and Car Street roads will also be concreted and the work will start soon," he added.
Mayor Mahabala Maarla said, "We promised to complete the work by February 2015 and we kept our promise. We did not have a grand inauguration as there was public demand to open the road as soon as possible. The city corporation will become an example for corporations of others districts because of our development work."
Corporator A C Vinayraj informed that the project cost was Rs 2.14 crore but the work was completed at Rs 1.96 crore. The pending works will be completed at the earliest, he added. MCC commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, deputy mayor Kavita, Asha D’Silva, Sabitha Misquith, Praveen Chandra Alva, and others were present. The new road presented a welcome achievement in record time and cost which is lauded by all concerned.