Mangaluru, Nov 25, 2018: The advisory committee of Mangaluru Smart City Ltd. which met on Nov 24, Saturday took stock of the progress of projects planned under the smart city mission and specifically suggested changing the design of bus shelters to be built, to make them more user friendly.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, and D. Vedavyasa Kamath, MLA, Mangaluru City South, told the meeting that with the government posting B.H. Narayanappa as full-time managing director of the company a few days ago, the implementation of projects should take a leap. Mohammed Nazir, Commissioner of Mangaluru City Corporation, was holding the additional charge of managing director earlier.
The MP and MLA pointed out bus shelters being built under Phase I are not user friendly and hence the design should be changed. MLA Kamath suggested that at least three bus shelters should be built at Pumpwell Junction as many commuters travelling to Thokkottu, Konaje and Kasaragod areas use it. People are forced to wait for buses under the hot sun and heavy rain.
It has been proposed to build 46 bus shelters under this phase. Construction of nine shelters has begun and three have been almost completed.
Sources said that DK DC Sasikanth Senthil S., also director on the board of the company suggested that the shelters already completed need not be dismantled. But the design of the shelters to be built can be reviewed for making them more user-friendly.
MLA Kateel suggested taking steps now itself to ease traffic congestion at Pumpwell Junction as a bus stand has been planned under the mission in front of the Karnataka Bank headquarters.
Sources said that there were suggestions to bring the clock tower being built under the mission at Hampankatta inside the compound of the Town Hall garden by extending the garden up to the tower.
Later one-way traffic could be allowed on the main road surrounding the Nehru Maidan by diverting the traffic from Pandeshwar via Police Commissioner’s office and Hamilton Circle.
Car parking project : There were discussions on a multi-level car parking project and a new central market building project at Hampankatta.
Bhaskar K., Mayor; Premananda Shetty, Leader of the Opposition in city corporation council; M. Shashidhar Hegde, Lancelot Pinto and Rameeza Banu, councillors; and all the five who are also directors on the board were among those who participated in the meeting.