Mangalore, Sep 14: “We would like to see Mangalore looking like a mini New York,” declared G. G. Mohandas Prabhu, the president of the Kanara Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) during a press conference held at the KCCI office on September 14, Tuesday.
Speaking about the city’s infrastructure, he said that a good comprehensive development plan is the need of the hour. Regarding KCCI’s plans for the future, he said that KCCI plans to provide excellent market facilities for the public and set up at least 15 food markets within the limits of the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC). He added that this matter will be discussed with Rajani Dugganna, the mayor of MCC during the next KCCI meeting, scheduled to be held on September 17.
Mr. Prabhu also spoke about the need to cooperate with police officials to check illegal activities and maintain industrial assets.
Speaking about the difficulties of constructing bus stands owing to the lack of footpaths, he said that surveillance systems will be implemented at major junctions to check traffic issues. He added that the Ghat section stretch of the road is badly damaged and requires a permanent solution. The road leading from Suratkal to Kundapur must be constructed as a four lane to enhance connectivity, he said. He also suggested that the NH48 stretch from BC Road to Uppinangady, the NH 13 stretch from Mangalore to Karkala, and the state highway from BC Road to Belthangady ought to be widened. Four-lane roads are required to connect roads from Kavoor to Mangalore International Airport, he suggested.
The airport will see a rise in the number of passengers if air cargo complexes and mini Volvo buses to and from the airport are provided, he said.
Voicing his opinions on the railways, he said that the state government has approved the implementation of the project to upgrade the railways. A railway station conforming to international standards will soon be set up in Mangalore, he said. Suggesting that the TDR issued by local bodies should be tax free, he said that the commissioner of income tax appeals will be set up in Mangalore and union budgets will be held in the office.
Since Karnataka lacks a full-fledged tourism office, a tourism conclave will be held in January to discuss various issues with the concerned authorities; and measures will be taken to develop Mangalore passport seva Kendra, he said. Mangalore will also have a cricket stadium meeting international standards and an ESI divisional office, he said.
Various developmental issues, including direct train facilities from Mangalore, were discussed during the meeting.
Vice president Latha R Kini, Treasurer B Chandrakanth Rao, Secretaries Mohammed Ameen and Arjun L A Pinto Prabhu, committee members Surendra Prabhu, Rama Mohan Rai Maroor, and Vishwanath Kadri and many others participated in the meeting.