Mangaluru: MLC Ivan D’Souza held a press meet at his office at the MCC premises, here on December 4.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Ivan said that Mangaluru is one among the 100 cities selected to be developed as a smart city.
Suggestions were sought from the citizens in this regard and many citizens have given their suggestions. “Over 50,000 citizens have given valuable suggestions on how to make Mangaluru a smart city,” he said.
Some of the valuable suggestions included, constructions of over roads, escalators for road crossing, taking steps towards making Mangaluru an accident free zone, multi-storey parking spaces, building a table top ramp runway for aircraft. To make Mangaluru a smart city, the people of Mangaluru should be smart. Mangaluru City Corporation should be developed. Mangaluru city will be developed by identifying the city into coastal, new Mangaluru and Mangaluru city. Solar units should be installed and electricity should be generated in Mangaluru. In the coastal area, the beaches should be developed and made into tourist destinations.
He further said that 24×7 water supply should be provided. Footpaths and cycleways should be constructed in the city. In the city, some areas will be identified as vehicle free zones. Industries should be shifted to one particular place by following the China model. Multi-storey buildings should be build for government employees. Multi-storey parking facilities should be made in the city. The tourist, city and service vehicles will be given different stops to halt. Government offices should be shifted to one particular place. Shopping streets and food streets should be built in the city. Action should be taken to introduce underground Metro trains and a ring road should be also built.
“A team of consultants and officials are involved in preparing drafts for submission to the central government. Citizens can go through this draft in mygov.in portal and give their valuable suggestions till 11 December. He said that a final report will be ready by 12-13 December.
Speaking on land acquisition Ivan said that, “People seeking land acquisition under 94CC section of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, can approach my office and apply for the same.”
Mayor Jacintha Vijay Alfred, MUDA Chairman Ibrahim Kodijal, MCC Commisioner Dr H N Gopalkrishna and other dignitaries were also present.