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‘Government will soon act on proposal to tackle sea erosion'

Staff Correspondent


An outreach fisheries harbour to be built

Tahsildars instructed to make provisions to provide land to 4,500 people


Udupi: Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the district administration had sent a proposal to the State government seeking Rs. 11.18 crore to deal with sea erosion and flood-related problems in Udupi district.

Addressing presspersons after the tri-monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting, Dr. Acharya said the State government would act soon on this proposal. As soon as the fund was released, it would be used to deal with all issues related to natural calamities. There had been sea erosion spanning 1,113 metres along the coastline in the district. The worst affected areas were Udyavara, Padukere and some areas in Kundapur taluk.

An outreach fisheries harbour would be constructed at Maravanthe in Udupi district at a cost of Rs. 40 crore. This harbour would be built on the lines of the Kerala model. This harbour would have break-water channels on northern and southern sides. It would be able to handle 300 mechanised boats. A mini fisheries harbour would be built at Alvegadde near Shiroor at a cost of Rs. 7 crore. The government had given administrative sanction for the construction of this harbour, he said.

A high-level meeting would be held in Bangalore to discuss the issue of dredging work in Hejmady, Malpe, Kundapur, Hungarcutta, and Gangolli fisheries harbours. Bridges would be constructed at Baje and Belampalli villages. As many as 186 acres of land would be given to the landless. The tahsildars had been instructed to take immediate action to provide land to 4,500 people, the Minister said.

The district administration had prepared a plan to develop Maravanthe as a major tourist centre.

A narrow strip of land, on which National Highway 66 runs, separates the Souparnika river from the Arabian Sea at Maravanthe.

Stalls located on either side of the highway would be shifted to the eastern side. “Priority will be given to the beautification of Maravanthe beach,” he said.

Priority would be given to repair and maintenance of roads in the district. As many as 11,499 applications had been received under the Suvarna Bhoomi scheme in the district, Dr. Acharya said.

Raghupati Bhat, MLA, was present.

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