Foundation Stone Laid for Rs 1 Cr 57 Lakh ‘Sky-Walk’ Project
Karnataka State Forest Minister Ramanath Rai lays Foundation Stone for Rs 1 Cr 57 Lac ‘Sky-Walk’ Project near Mini Vidhana Soudha and Town Hall in the City
Mangaluru: Among the many congested road-crossing with heavy traffic movement in the City, road crossing near Mini Vidhana Soudha and Town Hall is one among them, where thousands of people alighting from the trains have to cross this busy road, either to go to school/college, market, hospital, shopping spree etc etc. Considering all the hassles and inconveniences faced by these commuters – the state, district and MCC officials have finally decided to build a Sky-Walk to ease all these problems.
The foundation stone for the city’s first Sky-Walk to come up near the Mini Vidhana Soudha, connecting it with the Town Hall, thus meeting a long-pending demand of the public was laid by Minister Ramnath Rai, along with Nivedith Alva – Chairman of Coastal Development Authority, MLA JR Lobo, MCC Mayor Harinath; Mohammed Nazir, MCC Commissioner and corporators.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Lobo said, “This Sky-Walk project to be constructed at a whopping cost of Rs 1.57 Crore will be funded and built by the Karnataka Coastal Development Authority (KCDA) for the Mangaluru City Corporation. KCDA will now release Rs 81.2 lakh for the project. The city corporation will have to bear the minimal cost as the Nirmiti Kendra will build it, where now the Mayor has promised to bear 5% of the expenses. As per the plan, there will be escalators on both sides only for going up, but for climbing down, commuters have to use only stairs. This is mainly to get more people to use the sky-walk. After building the Sky-Walk, the authorities will hand it over to the civic body for maintenance. The matter of building a Sky-Walk had come up for approval at the council meeting of the corporation last month. The council had referred it to the Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement.”
Minister Rai addressing the gathering said, “I think once this Sky-Walk comes up it will ease all the problems faced by thousands of commuters who try to cross this busy road near mini Vidhana Soudha and Town Hall every single day. Passengers who come from Mangaluru Central Railway Station who cross the road in this area to board city buses are the ones mostly affected now. As per the civil engineer and the contractor who will undertake this project, the Sky-Walk will be completed within 10-12 months, provided the funds are made available. This project once completed will be yet another feather in the cap for Congress and its development work for the City. I feel proud that such a project has been planned by the district authorities”. Project Director of Nirmiti Kendra, Er Rajendra Kalbavi compered the programme.
Minister Rai Lays Foundation to Shanivarada Santhe at Kaikamba
by Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangaluru: The foundation stone laying ceremony for the “Shanivarada Santhe” (Saturday open-air Bazar), was held at Kaikamba Kulshekar here on August 23.
The foundation stone was laid by the district minister in-charge B Ramanath Rai.
MLA of Mangaluru South Constituency J R Lobo said, “The Saturday Market (Shanivarada Santhe) at Kaikamba Kulshekar will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 90 Lakh. Out of the total cost of Rs 90 lakh of the project, Rs 50 lakh will be given by the Coastal development authorities and the remaining Rs 40 lakh will be spent by the Mangluru City corporation. The old Kankanady police station will be acquired and the place will be utilized for the development of the Saturday market”.
Later the minister proceeded to the Town Hall for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sky-Walk.
Mayor Harinath and others were also present.