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    Mangaluru corporation presents budget with glaring errors

    Vinobha K T| TNN | Feb 26, 2018, 21:51 IST

    MANGALURU: In Mangaluru city corporation’s (MCC) accounts book, Rs 400.06 lakh + Rs 323.00 lakh = 961.50 lakh. This major goof-up was noticed in the Budget 2018-19 that was presented at a special meeting of MCC Council on Monday.

    Chairperson of the standing committee on tax appellate and finance Prathibha Kulai presented the budget for 2018-19. The 10 page booklet of budget with an expected net receipt of Rs 698.40 crore and expenditure of Rs 714.46 crore has several errors, which is attributed to typo by the officials.

    The budget mentions that Rs 400.06 lakh from State Finance Commission (SFC) grant and Rs 323.00 lakh from MCC’s funds will be reserved for the welfare of SC/ST communities. Though the total amount reserved is Rs 723.06 lakh, the budget booklet shows it as Rs 961.50 lakh. For the welfare of poor, the budget has earmarked Rs 97.59 lakh from SFC grant and Rs 97 lakh from MCC. Here, 97.59 + 97 = 289.25. Similarly, Rs 40.38 lakh and Rs 40 lakh becomes Rs 120 lakhs under budget allocation from physically challenged.

    Soon after chairperson of the standing committee Prathibha Kulai read out the budget in the council, BJP corporators from the opposition pointed out the errors and blamed the ruling Congress responsible for it. While corporators from BJP took the ruling party into task, the meet took a political turn. Sudheer Shetty from BJP raised the issue and said officials have prepared the budget by just copying the previous year’s papers. He also termed the issue a sheer lack of responsibility on part of the ruling party. Premanand Shetty, another corporator from BJP, said the opposition was not taken into confidence while preparing the budget. “Overall the budget lacks vision and there are a lot of errors too. Further, it does not promise any new schemes and there are no new development programmes,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Prathibha Kulai clarified the opposition was invited for pre-budget meetings, but they refused to attend. “We held 3-4 meetings and invited them too. However, they they did attend,” she added.
    Finally, the political mud-slinging ended with MCC ruling party chief whip clarifying that the goof-up is due to typo on part of the officials.

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    Pilikula Development Authority to give autonomy to develop Pilikula as tourism hub

    Jaideep Shenoy| TNN | Mar 1, 2018, 19:31 IST

    MANGALURU: The approval of Pilikula Development Authority by both houses of state legislature in the recently-concluded session will pave the way for integrated development of the city’s tourism hub, Minister for Planning, Statistics, Science and Technology MR Seetharam said here. With the bill awaiting Governor’s assent, the functioning of Dr Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama, presently managed by a society, will get greater freedom and autonomy, he said.

    Inaugurating Swami Vivekananda Planetarium at Pilikula on Thursday, Seetharam said state level advisory body will be headed by minister for science and technology as chairman, district minister and minister for tourism as co-chairmen, MLAs of Mulki-Moodbidri, Mangaluru City South and North MLAs, Dakshina Kannada MP, local MLC, directors/secretaries or their nominees of 5-6 departments concerned as members. This advisory body will assist the Authority, he said.

    The Pilikula Development Authority, per se, will be headed by deputy commissioner, local elected representatives and officials concerned, who will work towards developing the area in to a major tourism spot. PDA, once operational, will be eligible to receive budgetary support from the state government. Hitherto, managed by Dr Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama, a society, it was largely dependent on gate collections and donations from philanthropists.

    Seetharam said the government that has thus far spent Rs 200 crore on development of Pilikula that is spread across 375 acres will help increase the tourism potential of this tourism hub. “This place at present is touching a fraction of the 10 lakh tourist potential it has,” the minister said, adding the dedication of the state-of-the-art 3D planetarium will help attract more tourists to the region and also give the local youths a much needed diversionary and creative outlet.

    Steps have been taken to increase tourist amenities and introduction of battery-operated go-carts shortly will be a major step in this direction, he said. The planetarium is the state government’s gift to people of the region, he said. Earlier, JR Lobo, Mangaluru City South MLA, associated with Pilikula’s development since its inception, then as an official, thanked all concerned for their support in helping shape the project to the level it has risen so far.

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      Swachh Mangaluru cleanliness drive gives Kavoor area a clean look

      Jaideep Shenoy| TNN | Mar 4, 2018, 17:33 IST

      MANGALURU: Ramakrishna Mission’s 18th week Swachhata Abhiyan was organized in and around Kavoor area of the city on Sunday. Sri Dharmapalanatha Swami, head, Mangaluru branch of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mutt and Harinath, former Mayor jointly flagged off the drive. Sri Dharmapalanatha Swami said, “Along with cleanliness inside and outside one’s home, if a person can keep his mind too clean India will be cleanliest country very soon.”

      Volunteers under Ramkumar Bekal and Harish Achar cleaned surroundings of Kavoor junction. They also cleaned roads leading towards Bondel. Weeds, overgrown grass, mud and garbage on both sides of the road leading towards airport were cleaned. Cleanliness was carried out around bus shelter and auto stand and auto drivers were urged to keep their surroundings clean. Imtiyaz Shekh and volunteers removed the weeds from the road dividers and cleaned the area.

      Another team of volunteers under the guidance of Ashok Subbaiah carried out cleanliness around Marakada bus shelter. The bus stand was thoroughly cleaned with water and repainted. The worn out board was replaced with a new board with message of cleanliness. Overgrown grass and weeds around the bus stand were removed and the area was cleaned. Krishna Prasad Shetty, Ganesh Prasad Shetty, Anand Adyar and other volunteers actively participated.

      Students of SDPT First Grade College under guidance of Santosh Alva visited houses and shops door to door in Kavoor colony and Kavoor Katte area spreading the message of awareness and distributing awareness handbills. They urged the residents to keep their surroundings clean and segregate the garbage properly before disposal. Volunteers removed banners and flex hoardings illegally put were ruining the beauty of the city on the airport road.

      To create awareness among students about cleanliness, a special workbook “Swachhata Manthana” has been designed and workshops were conducted on this workbook in about 108 schools in which nearly 10750 students participated. Nearly 50 resource persons and teachers the programmes were conducted in the February under the guidance of coordinator Ranjan Bellarpady. MRPL and Nitte Group of institutions are sponsoring the drive.

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        Swachhata Abhiyan sweeps its way forward in Bunder

        Jaideep Shenoy| Mar 12, 2018, 18:42 IST

        MANGALURU: Ramakrishna Mission’s Swachhata Abhiyan’s 19th week’s drive was organized in Bunder area on Sunday. Uday Nayak, ACP and Suresh Kumar, PI, Mangaluru North PS flagged off the drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamananda, president, Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru. Uday Nayak said, “Cleanliness is important. Every citizen has to take up responsibility of keeping his surroundings clean and only then this Abhiyan will be successful.”

        Volunteers under guidance of Dr Satish Rao, Mohammad Shameem and others, cleaned Mission Street, Nellikai Street, Mohammad Ali Street and Bibi Alabi streets. Police personnel of the station undertook cleanliness on the station premises. They removed heaps of garbage from all corners of the campus, removed weeds and overgrown grass and washed the premises clean with water. Organisers of Mangaluru Premier League cleaned the compound walls of the station.

        They also painted the compound walls under guidance of K V Sathyanarayana. A few volunteers under Imtiyaz cleaned adjoining road and the drains. Ganesh Karnik, MLC, volunteered to paint walls of the police station. Members of Motor Cycle Club removed the garbage dumped for many years besides Canara Goods on Bibi Alabi Road with the help of earth excavating machine. Volunteers removed about 2 tipper loads of garbage from the area.

        Volunteers kept decorative flower pots in that area to keep it clean and prevent the public from littering there. Two name boards in North Police Station circle were worn out and were not serving the purpose. Volunteers cleaned the boards and repainted them as Mission Street and Mohammad Ali streets. Volunteers also removed flex banners illegally tied in the area. Students of St Aloysius College visited houses and shops, distributing handbills on cleanliness awareness.

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          2,929 people from M’luru participate in Swachh Survekshan-2018

          TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 04:51 IST

          Mangaluru: While Mysuru tops the list with 15,088 feedback received from citizens on the status of cleanliness and sanitation under the Swachh Survekshan-2018, 2,929 people from Mangaluru participated in the survey, putting the port city in the fourth place in terms of number of people participating in it.

          Mangaluru is a competitor in the ‘Swachh Survekshan –2018’, the third cleanliness survey launched by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA). The city is one of the 4,041 cities/ towns of India that are participating in the Swachh Survekshan–2018.

          The survey has received feedback from 1,613 residents from Ullal, the town municipality in minister U T Khader’s constituency in Dakshina Kannada district. While Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation has occupied the second position with 5,628 feedback from residents, Shivamogga City Municipality and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) stood third and fourth respectively. The survey saw participation of 3,587 people from Shivamogga.

          However, the survey evoked a response from only 2,808 people from the capital city of Bengaluru, which has a large population compared to other cities of the state. A total 1,10,117 people from 277 urban local bodies in Karnataka have participated in the online survey that closed on March 11. The rankings are expected to be announced by the Union ministry in April.

          Madhu S Manohar, environment engineer of MCC, told TOI that Mangaluru was one among 27 cities in the state to participate in the Swachh Survekshan campaign of the MoHUA in the second survey held in 2017. The coastal city could bag only the 63rd rank in the nation then. This year, the MoHUA has fixed a target of 4,000 points for all cities. While 1,400 points are set for evaluation of documents submitted by the cities, public opinion too will have the same maximum points. “A total 1,200 points are set for direct evaluation through a central government team,” he said, adding that the MoHUA is expected to announce the 2018 rankings in April.

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            Mangaluru City North MLA to lay foundation stone for various development works on March 15

            Jaideep Shenoy| TNN | Mar 14, 2018, 21:30 IST

            MANGALURU: Mangaluru City North MLA B A Mohiuddin Bava will go on a foundation stone laying spree on March 15. The projects include foundation stone for first phase of market complex at Surathkal, a six-lane road from Surathkal to Kaikamba Circle till Ganeshpura temple, concreting of Surathkal to Guddekoppa Road, building of zonal office of Mangaluru City Corporation and sea wall at Hosabettu coast, Mayor Bhaskar Moily announced here on Wednesday.

            Filling in for Bava, who was scheduled to address the media, the mayor said the first phase of the market complex will be taken up at a cost of Rs 61 crore against total project cost of Rs 126 crore. While MCC will pitch in with Rs 11 crore, the state government has given a special grant of Rs 50 crore for the project, he said adding this is for the first time that state government has released a grant of this size for any market construction project anywhere in Karnataka.

            The road from Surathkal to Kaikamba Circle is six-lane concrete road that is 4.3-km long, Bhaskar said adding cost of this project that public works department will execute is Rs 62.10 crore. While MCC will contribute Rs 4.10 crore, the PWD will chip in with remaining Rs 58 crore, he said, adding it is also a first in that the department has provided a grant of this size for any road project in the state and thanked CM Siddaramaiah and the MLA for his efforts in getting it.

            MCC will take up concreting of Surathkal-Guddekoppa road out of premium FAR funds at a cost of Rs 1.13 crore. The new building of MCCs zonal office at Surathkal will be constructed using state finance commission grants at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore. Department of ports and fisheries will execute the sea wall work at Hosabettu at a cost of Rs 5 crore, the mayor said. K Mahmmad, deputy mayor, Deepak Poojary, corporator were present on this occasion.


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              Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan ensures all-round cleanliness of Bejai-Kapikad

              Jaideep Shenoy| TNN | Updated: Mar 19, 2018, 17:42 IST

              MANGALURU: Ramakrishna Mission’s 20th week Swachhata abhiyan drive was organized at Bejai Kapikad area on Sunday. Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, principal, Nitte College of Physiotherapy and Kuddroli Ganesh, eminent magician flagged off the drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamananda, head of Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru. Dr Dhanesh said, “Swachhata abhiyan should not be for show off but should spring out of genuine concern for local cleanliness.”

              Roads leading from Kapikad petrol bunk were divided among volunteers for cleaning. Both sides of the road from Kapikad to Bejai Bus stand were cleaned by two groups. Two more team of volunteers took up cleanliness work in Anegundi road. Students of Nitte Physiotherapy College cleaned the road and adjoining drains in Kapikad by removing the plastic papers and sweeping the area. Volunteers cleaned an area near petrol bunk which was littered with plastic waste. With the intention of benefitting local public, six direction boards depicting names of roads which were faded and not serving any purpose were cleaned and repainted. Direction boards in Netaji Road in Bejai Kapikad, Kirodian Lane, 1st Cross, 2nd Cross and 6th cross were repainted. Volunteers of Swachh Mangaluru abhiyan removed several flex banners and hoardings in Jyothi (Ambedkar) Circle, Kankanadi, PVS, Kodialbail and Hampankatta areas.

              Students of St Aloysius College under the guidance of lecturers visited houses and shops door to door distributing awareness handbills and urging them to keep their areas clean. Prashanth Raj of Bhumika Water Suppliers volunteered to clean the roads swept by washing it with water and watered the plants planted on the road dividers. Compound walls of Karangalpady Market cleaned in the previous week’s drive were beautified with nice decorative thematic drawings.


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                alapayana held to create awareness on river pollution

                TNN | Updated: Mar 24, 2018, 10:48 IST
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                MANGALURU: Children of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra in the city, along with green brigades of the National Environment Care Federation (NECF), took out—‘Jalapayana’—a rally on boat from Sultan Battery to Maravoor on the Phalguni river, to highlight the plight of rivers in Dakshina Kannada district, that are being polluted due to inflow of untreated water and industrial effluents.

                Children highlighted the significance and current plight of the Phalguni and Nethravati rivers through a Tulu song created by them. Activists spoke on the significance of World Water Day, and the responsibilities of the public and the government. “If the polluting of rivers continues like this, we will have no other option but to drink polluted water in the future. We will continue our fight against the polluting of the rivers continuously,” said Adi, a student of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra.

                Rathnakar Suvarna, district president of the All India Moveera Association, said many traditional fishermen on the banks of the Phalguni river are now jobless due to pollution. “I am also a fisherman, and I used to fish in the Phalguni river till a few years ago. However, fishing on the Phalguni river has stopped completely in recent years due to pollution that results in health issues. Moreover, there has been a reduction in the fish population in the river. Hence, I request all fishing communities, including Mogaveeras, Billavas, Catholics and Muslims, to raise their voice against the polluting of rivers,” he added.

                NECF secretary H Shashidar Shetty said the river was once the right destination for fishermen in the region, but is no longer so, due to pollution. “Earlier, fishermen caught prawns, crabs, shell-fish, lady fish, payye and other fish species from the river, but now these species are no longer available. Fishermen don’t venture into the river for fishing due to pollution,” he added. Activist Dinesh Holla said people of the district and the government are equally responsible for polluting the rivers. “Though fish is an unavoidable part of the menu in the coastal district, people are still not serious about keeping rivers clean. If the situation continues like this, we will not be able to celebrate World Water Day in the future,” he warned.

                ‘Kadala Koogu’, a documentary on river pollutionby Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra, was released on the occasion.


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                  NHAI set to upgrade Bengaluru-Mysuru highway into a six-lane road

                  Lakshmikantha BK| Times News Network | Updated: Mar 24, 2018, 10:39 IST
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                  MYSURU: Regular users of the Mysuru-Bengaluru highwayhave a reason to cheer – the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to upgrade the entire stretch of the highway into a six-lane road, besides proposing to build bypass roads at Bidadi, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna, initiatives that are expected to decongest traffic on the busy thoroughfare.

                  According to a press release by NHAI, work on widening the road will be taken up in two phases. While the 56km-long stretch between Bengaluru and Nidagatta will be taken up at the cost of Rs 34.47 crore, the stretch from Nidagatta to Mysuru (61km) will cost Rs 27.65 crore.

                  The NHAI has already issued a Letter of Award (LoA) to a construction company for the development of the highway. The LoA has been awarded for upgrading both stretches of the highway under the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) to Dilip Buildcon Ltd. The entire highway has been designated a ‘fully access controlled facility’ with provisions for service roads being made on both the sides along the entire length of the highway.

                  On the other hand, in a bid to prevent traffic pileups at the towns along the highway, bypass roads have been proposed in Bidadi (6.9km), Ramanagar and Channapatna (22.35km), Maddur (4.4km), Mandya (10km) and Srirangapatna (8.2km).

                  The project also entails construction of elevated corridors on stretches of the highway that fall under the ambit of Bengaluru Urban, in Maddur and Srirangapatna.

                  The project includes construction of nine bridges, with the length of each one ranging between 75m to 300m, apart from 44 minor bridges and four rail overbridges.

                  At a recent rally in Mysuru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has affirmed the Centre’s commitment to turning the 117km-long Bengaluru-Mysuru highway into a six-lane road.

                  Meanwhile, Mysuru MP Pratap Simha said, “Keeping the safety of motorists in mind, all major intersections will be provided with underpass, overpass and light vehicular underpass. The project also provides for resting facilities, bus terminals, etc.”

                  Highway built under Hybrid Annuity Model

                  The Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) is, as the name suggests a mix of the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) and the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) models. Under this model, the government will contribute 40% of the funds for the project, while the remaining 60% will be made on the basis of assets created and performance of the developer. However, the developer cannot collect toll for the road, which will remain under the NHAI.

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                    Revive water resources like abandoned wells, plead activists

                    Times News Network | Updated: Mar 24, 2018, 10:46 IST

                    Neglected: A well which has almost dried up in Udupi

                    UDUPI: The residents of Udupihave demanded that the administration concentrate on abandoned water resourcesinstead of imposing waterrationing this summer. The municipality has started water rationing once in two days due to shortage of drinking water. Residents want the authorities to clean up abandoned wellsand ponds and make them usable.

                    Taranath Meesta, Shirooru, social activist, said, “We want the administration to work on saving water resources rather than ration existing ones. The issue was brought to the notice of the district administration and related departments and we’re waiting for a response. These resources have water which can be used for the entire year.”

                    “There are several open wells in the Udupi municipal corporation which should be repaired immediately. A few important ones are near Kittur Chennamma Road at Ajjarakadu, near Bayalu Ranga Mandira, Bhujanga Park, near Bhagat Singh Road and near Doddana Gudde police station. There are hundreds of dangerous open wells within Udupi city and nearby villages. We urge the public to identify such wells and bring them to the notice of the administration,” he added.

                    Social worker Nithyananda Olakadu said, “We want the municipality to look into the most dangerous well which is close to collapse — the one at North School in the heart of the city. The school, established in 1923, is known as the Government Higher Primary School (North School). Its well has adequate water throug the year but it’s now abandoned. There is no strong security wall around it and the school’s children play near it. The rocks around the well have collapsed from inside and a tree has grown up from one side. As dried leaves fall into the water, it’s contaminated. Currently, the school depends on municipality water. If the school can use the well, they can use the water to prepare mid-day meals, etc.”

                    Raghavendra, CMC environment engineer, said: “We identified many water resources last year and refilled them and that should be enough for this year too. Currently, we have enough water in Baje Dam. The government wells in the city don’t have the capacity to be used for public distribution. One well gives a maximum of 3-tanker water and Udupi needs 24 MLD. Though one tanker can have 8,000 litres water, per day it’ll take 10 trips for 80,000 litres. We cannot rely on open wells but we’ll put safety measures in place.”


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