Concentrate on Old Port and Fishing to Qualify for Smart City – Lobo

Concentrate on Old Port and Fishing to Qualify for Smart City – Lobo

Mangaluru: MLA of Mangalore South constituency, J R Lobo held a press meet at his office in regard to the city’s proposal for the second round of the Smart City initiative, here on June 3.

Addressing the mediapersons Lobo said that there was a lot of disappointment when Mangaluru didn’t make it in the first round as everyone thought that Mangaluru would definitely be selected. He said that unlike Davangere and Belgaum, Mangaluru did not focus on its own unique selling points. “Davangere focused on its Mandakki colony, Belgaum sent proposals that focused on its cantonment area and hence they were selected.”

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Speaking about Old port, Lobo said that the city has a long history in fishing and sea trade. “These are our city’s unique selling points and this time, we have decided to focus more on these points. The old port at Bunder once used to thrive at sea trade, and was used to ferry goods to countries in the Middle East, Africa, etc. Trade with Lakshadweep islands was also being done exclusively back then, but today, more than 80% of the trade from Lakshadweep goes to Kerala.” He further said that if city officials hadn’t got cold feet and had rather developed and improved the port, the situation might have been different.

“We need to go back to our roots and focus on developing and re-invigorating these activities that make Mangaluru unique. We have already signed an MoU last year with the Lakshadweep administration to construct a dedicated berth at Bunder at a cost of Rs 50 crore. More activities are being planned for the port. We also need to improve our fish markets and fisheries too, and use activities like fishing and angling to attract tourists. We have been preparing the proposal for round 2 of the smart city project by focusing on these points,” added Lobo.

Corporators Lancelot Pinto, Sabitha Misquith, A C Vinayraj, Arun Coelho and others were also present.

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  1. To be qualified as forerunners of a Smart City, Mangalore has a long way to go, and the ultimate road to success is guaranteed because Mangalore has all the potentials to be one of the “Smart Cities” of the future. The Educational strength of Mangalore and all the existing infra-structure needs a further glimpse of not only the port but many other spectrums that involve our future focus on Advanced Educational strength, our focus on cottage industries, our focus on Travel and Tourism, and most importantly all the support services that go along with the IT services. Expansion on our current Museums, Libraries, Performing Art Centers, Community Developments and Cultural Enhancements – these are all some of the major criterias that will become part and portion of the considerations to be qualified for “Smart City”. Our dependency on the Intellectual growth on the basis of all our existing strength of Scholars that prevail in different Schools, Colleges and Universities and their contribution towards the “Smart City” concept is also equally valuable. Our future concentration on roadways, transportation mobility, communication as well as Environment is all part of the long and extensive shopping list that need be addressed at the grass root level in order to prove to all others where, when and how Mangalore can be qualified to be a “Smart City”. The sooner we concentrate on all of the above will be better for our Economic, Social as well as Educational growth in and around Mangalore. Best of luck.

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