British-Era ‘Marine Bungalow’ is Now S Angara, the Fisheries ‘Minister’s New Office’
Mangaluru: On Monday 17 January 2022, a British-era house that was the designated port officer’s Bungalow, known as “Marine Bungalow” located near State Bank and near to st Ann’s Convent/School in the City became the new office of minister for fisheries ports and inland water transport S Angara. The bungalow reflects Mangaluru architecture — a traditional house with a spacious portico, topped with Mangaluru tiles.
Speaking to the media, an engineer from the ports and fisheries department said that renovation of this house was done at an approximate Rs 30 lakh after the project got approval from chief minister Basavaraj Bommai. It is learnt the bungalow is 100 plus years old and until recently it was the designated port officer’s residence. The renovation works that have been taken up include, building a false ceiling, painting, development of a garden and parking area as well as the purchase of furniture, he said.
After inaugurating his new office on Monday, Angara told reporters, “Henceforth, I would be available at this office every Monday. Fishermen from Talapady to Karwar can meet me at this office. I will also be visiting Udupi and Karwar to redress the grievances of the fishermen. As many as 28 new proposals related to the fisheries department and 98 new proposals connected to the development of ports have been submitted to the Central government. These projects will help in the development of the coastal areas. The Central and the state government are committed to the development and will respond to the needs and concerns of the people. However, public support is also essential”.
Minister further said, “This office has been set up to give an identity to the department of fisheries, ports and inland water transport. It was a British era bungalow that was in dilapidated condition and has been given a face-lift, after bringing it to the notice of the chief minister,”. With a good landscape and tile flooring this new bungalow cum neta’s office will be yet another landmark of the Coastal city.