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Drains in seven months: Palemar

Staff Correspondent

— PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ

NO PLACE FOR PEDESTRIANS:Although concrete roads have been laid, there are no drains and pavements along them in Mangalore.

MANGALORE: Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada J. Krishna Palemar said here on Tuesday that the Mangalore City Corporation had taken steps to build drains and pavements along all the concrete roads in the city in seven months.

Mr. Palemar, who holds the portfolios of Ports and Fisheries, In-land Water Transport and Environment, said the Government needed 17 acres of land for creating a transportation hub, including a bus-stand, near Mahaveera Circle (formerly Pumpwell Circle). About seven acres of land had been acquired and work was under progress. Construction of the bus-stand would begin in six months.

Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav said that five or six houses would have to be shifted once the land was acquired.

Mr. Palemar said unless the bus-stand was built near Mahaveera Circle, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) would not be allowed to introduce city bus service.

The Minister said that of Rs. 100 crore special grant sanctioned to the city corporation as second instalment by the State Government, Rs. 5 crore would be reserved for traffic management. The funds would be utilised to buy CCTV equipment to be fixed at important public places and traffic junctions.

Mr. Yadav said that about 35 per cent of lorries transporting sand here were yet to be fitted with global positioning system (GPS). Lorries without GPS would not be allowed to operate. GPS is compulsory for all lorries transporting sand.

The Deputy Commissioner said his office had received a circular from the Government to ban plastic carry bags in temples under the Department of Endowments. Before implementing the circular, arrangements would be made to provide an alternative to plastic carry bags.

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