Construction of sea walks at Tannirbavi and Someshwara beaches, creating a sound and laser show facility on the premises of Kaup Light House, constructing multi-level rotary car parking facility, and building a solar roofed vehicle parking-cum-vehicle charging facility in Mangaluru and Manipal are some of the projects proposed by Karnataka Coastal Development Authority (KCDA) for taking up during 2021-22.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony for various projects to be taken up by the authority in the jurisdiction of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) on Friday, chairman of the authority Mattar Ratnakar Hegde said that the authority has proposed to take up projects worth Rs. 100 crore during the next financial year.
Some of the other projects proposed included cultivating pink pepper on the medians of the national highway, constructing modern fish markets at Mundkur, Hiriyadkka and Belman (all in Udupi district), creating boating facility on the banks on banks of the Phalguni in Mangaluru, and building dry fish processing units each in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada.
Mr. Hegde said that there is a proposal to erect signage boards at identified 25 places in the three coastal districts.
In addition, tourist facilitation centres have been planned at the Tannirbavi and the Sasihitlu beaches and it has been proposed to construct a minor bridge to an island near the Kaup Light House.
He said that the authority had proposed 166 works along coastal Karnataka during 2020-21. Of them, 69 works have been completed. Work is in progress in other projects, he said.
The authority prepares pre-feasibility study, preliminary scheme report and detailed project report for various projects along coastal Karnataka.
The engineering wings of the departments concerned implement the approved projects. The authority functions under the Department of Planning, Programme Coordination and Statistics of the Karnataka government.
Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sports, Planning, Programme Coordination and Statistics K.C. Narayana Gowda laid the foundation stone for 20 projects to be taken up by the authority in the city at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore. Those projects are building retaining walls, laying concrete roads and constructing stormwater drains.
D. Vedavyasa Kamath, Mangaluru City South MLA, Mayor Diwakar, and K. Pratapsimha Nayak, MLC, were also present on the occasion.
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