Mangaluru, Aug 24, 2018: Incidents of “moral policing” in Mangaluru are preventing companies from opening their units in the city, said MLC and Janata Dal General Secretary B.M. Farooq here August 23, Thursday.
Talking to media pool MLC Farooq said corporate firms were scared of opening their units in Mangaluru fearing attacks on their employees.
“I have spoken to Kiran Majumdar-Shaw and a few other industrial unit heads. They are worried over incidents of moral policing,” he said. MLC Farooq said it was necessary for the political parties to keep aside their differences and firmly act against such incidents. “We need to address it in the interests of development of the city,” he said. MLC Farooq said there was a need to provide better road connectivity, proper water and power supply to the Canara Industrial Estate that has come up in Mudipu. Absence of basic facilities was preventing firms from opening their units, he said.
Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, he said, was keen on handing over 36 acres of land necessary for expanding the runway of the Mangaluru International Airport. He said the airport also requires better road to connect it with the city.
CM Kumaraswamy, he said, had recently written a letter to the Union Civil Aviation Minister asking the latter to allow operation of two Air India flights between Bengaluru and Mangaluru in the light of disruption to road and rail network between the port city and the State capital following heavy rain. Mr. Farooq said he has made a list of issues that need to be addressed. He has asked CM Kumaraswamy to hold a day-long meeting with officials in Mangaluru in September to address the issues.