Mangaluru: MLC Ivan D’Souza held a press meet at his chamber in MCC, Lalbagh here on September 26.
Prior to the meeting, a suggestion box on Smart City project was inaugurated by the Mayor of MCC, Jacintha Alfred.
Addressing the mediapersons, MLC Ivan D’Souza said that the Indian government has taken the decision to make 100 cities as smart cities and already the process of selecting the 100 cities has been done. “Out of the 100, Mangaluru is one of the cities selected for the project. Out of the 100 cities, 20 cities will be finalized in the first phase so we need to work hard to bring Mangaluru in the list of the top 20 cities.”
Ivan also said that the process of collecting feedback from the people has been initiated. “Mayor Jacintha has already inaugurated the suggestion box in my chamber and the people who come to the office are requested to drop their suggestions in the box. All the suggestions will be collected and submitted to the concerned authorities by December 10. Already 24 points have been mentioned in the website for a smart city. In this regard, all the elected members, keeping aside party differences, should work for the betterment of the district.”
“In the state, Mangaluru has all the basic facilities in addition to upper class facilities such as the railway, seaport, airport, quality of education, medical facilities and other facilities. For a smart city, we need proper power supply. There is less production of power and more demand of electricity. In this situation, we need to install solar power systems in every house. We need to bring awareness among the people about the power system. Even the railway department should be made world class. The MP should take the initiative to improve the railway system. Discussions are also going on to make an international cricket stadium in Mangaluru.”
When asked about the scarcity of water if the Yettinahole project comes up, Ivan replied that discussions in this regard are going on. “If the DPR is wrong, the people who are responsible will be questioned.” When asked whether he will resign to stop the project, Ivan said that there is no need of any resignation as discussions are going on about the project. Ivan also said that discussions on the smart city project will be held on October 16.
Mayor Jacintha Alfred, Deputy Mayor Purushotham, Sashidhar Hegde and others were also present.