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Make in Mangaluru: Industries

MRPL Readies Rs. 11,000 Crore To Hit 25 Million Mertric Tonnes Refining Cpacity
New Delhi: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) is readying plans to invest Rs. 11,000 crore to raise refining capacity to 25 mt instead of the previously planned 21 mt as part of its ambitious target of clocking Rs. 5,000 crore profit by 2022.
Are they going to use desalinated water?

Land Acquisition Notification for MRPL expansion
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals sets out massive expansion drive, to invest Rs 24,000 cr, 2
The new expansion envisages expanding the capacity of its refinery to 25 MMTPA, which will also includes a raw petroleum coke gas complex, synthetic gas complex and value added chemicals such as urea, acetic acid, acryilate among others. MRPL has asked Engineers India to prepare a detailed feasibility report for expansion of its refining capacity.

“We are planning to expand the refinery capacity to 25 MMTPA, set up facilities for several new products. The company’s board is yet to finalise the exact amount of investment required. We are also in the process of upgrading the quality of fuel to meet BS-VI emission norms,” a company official said.
Is there a possibility of Polymer Nanocomposites Park coming up?

Ace Pipeline commissions Rs 838-crore LPG pipeline project

Konkan Railway to finalize tender for Rs. 82 crore private siding for MRPL

PCPIR at Mangalore, Karnataka (~250 Sq.Km) Dated Aug 2016?

India designates port-led coastal economic zones
CEZ 6 is near New Mangalore port with a possible concentration of petrochemical sectors.
I think Mangaluru should have Marine Science & Technology CEZ that includes Marine Robotics. Compared to constantly cyclone affected eastern coast Mangaluru is in safer west coast region and it should use this benefit to attract a few of technological companies based in east for expansion. And there should be a 'Marine University' in either Mangaluru or Udupi.

Sagarmala Project: Karnataka seeks Rs 8,741 crores for fresh skill development projects

Most of Sagarmala seems to be for UK. But there is chance of Marine college in Mangalore or Udupi as UK can get Naval Colleges at Karwar. (Actually this would be Maritime College as the university in Chennai is Maritime University not Marine University). I hope more colleges dealing with other domains of Marine Science and Technology like deep sea mining, Marine Pharmacognosy, Marine Robotics to open in the region in future and then together with Fisheries College to be upgraded as Marine University. GSI & KIOCL can work together to develop deep sea mining educational programme.

Formation of Baikampady Industrial Town Authority awaits NOC from Mangaluru City Corporation

Coming soon, coconut sugar-based dark chocolate from Campco

Proposed EPIP Industrial Area 2nd PHASE at Ganjimutt village EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 16-12-2016

Pre-feasibility & Detailed Feasibility Study (including Environmental Impact Assessment & Environmental Management Plan) for setting up a Desalination Plant in Mangalore - Tender Deadline 16 Jan 2017

Desalination Plant - ONGC Board Report
Setting up desalination plants at ONGC work centres located near coastal areas and at MRPL:

It is proposed to set up desalination plants at ONGC work centres located near coastal areas (Hazira Plant, Ankleshwar Asset, Cauvery Asset-Karaikal, Rajahmundry Asset & Eastern Offshore Asset-Kakinada) and at MRPL as a SWM measure, in order to mitigate future sustainability risk due to declining fresh water availability. It is proposed to initially conduct techno-commercial and environmental feasibility study and based on the affirmative outcome of the feasibility report, implementation of setting up desalination plant at the respective work centre may be undertaken.
Desalination plant in city will help meet increasing water demand: R Roshan Baig
A foreign company that has evinced interest to set up one such plant will visit the city within the next fortnight, said R Roshan Baig, minister for urban development, here on Saturday.
If successful, one can also think of taking this water to the weirs coming up as part of Yettinahole Project near Sakleshpur and provide the same to the state capital and other parched districts that are facing a serious shortage of potable water
Why people think of 750MW delux water only? Currently they are asking for 1-2 acres for desalination plant but next they may ask for 1000-2000 acres for putting up a thermal plant for driving water against gravity. Can't they think of creating enough jobs for people of the parched districts in Mangaluru itself. I think they should create atleast 1,00,000 jobs immediately in Mangaluru and employ people of the parched districts in Mangaluru. If each person is having a family of 4 then this will reduce the burden for drinking water for 4,00,000 people in the parched regions.

Another interesting thing to know is what is the increase in salinity level of water when saline water from desalination plant is released? What is effect on marine life due to increase in salinity?

Desalination plant in city may become a reality as MRPL shows interest
He told The Hindu that the MRPL had proposed to set up 50 MLD (million litre per day) capacity plant at an estimated cost of Rs. 200 crores. It had sought 10 acres for it in Tannirbavi area. A proposal to this had been submitted to Karnataka Udyog Mitra.
If 10 acres is for producing 50 MLD then 24 TMCft water per year production facility requires at least 370 acres.

Desalination Plant: Chennai team visited city

If 60 acres is for producing 100 MLD then 24 TMCft water per year production facility requires at least 1111 acres.

My precondition for desalination plant for supplying water to the parched city is to first establish in Mangaluru all the institutes listed in the MIA post below, 4 IT SEZ of 300 acres each in addition to already proposed Mudipu SEZ & Ganjimatt EPIP, 2 IT Parks, 2 Marine Bio-tech parks, development MIA as mentioned in the link below, pashchima vahini implementation. Request all Mangaloreans to add other preconditions. Once preconditions are met then they can start thinking of constructing desalination plant to supply water to the parched city.

Construction of KSPCB Regional Senior Environmental Office cum Regional Laboratory Building at Mangalore

Adnoc and India’s ISRL to establish a strategic crude oil storage at Mangalore
ADNOC signs agreement for crude oil reserve
We will utilise the Mangalore facility to not only build on our existing business relationships across India but also to explore new downstream opportunities for ADNOC’s expanding range of refined and petrochemical products.
So, ADNOC may be investing in MRPL & MSEZ projects. We have to wait & see whether UAE shows any interest to invest in a Smart City.

Hassan-Cherlapalli LPG pipeline on the anvil

Means there will be more LPG imports through NMPT.

Two proposed industrial parks at Niddodi and Badag Mijar

When will they complete providing basic infrastructures at CIA, Niddodi and Badag Mijar. I would prefer Niddodi and Badag Mijar land is used for establishing institutes listed in MIA post below.

After losing CIPET Mangaluru is losing 'Electronic System Design & Manufacturing cluster' also as somebody stole idea along with water. Read. Shameless minister!

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Mangalore also needs a Electronic System Design & Manufacturing cluster focusing specifically on Medical Devices domain. There was some plan for developing Belapu as ESDM cluster.

Since Mangalore MP has identified some other location for Ultra Mega Power Plant government land available in Niddodi can even be considered for these industries. Even UMPP itself is now doubtful as I said earlier.
Karnataka politicians should learn from Chandrababu Naidu who is doing a good job by taking Electronics to every major city of Andhra Pradesh.

Old news of year 2006: Companies keen on investing in Mangalore SEZ
20 companies are keen to invest in their multi-product component New Mangalore Port Trust to be an equity holder

Mangalore SEZ project contains a petrochemical and a multi-product component MRPL plans to invest over Rs. 35,000 crore in the petrochemical component
According to sources, these companies want to invest in sectors such as manufacturing and services of industrial boilers, chemicals and other equipment; supply of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and compressed air; information technology related sector; building solutions; gold jewellery, pharmaceutical industry, warehouse and consultancy.
Most of promises, i.e. sectors with good job generation capability, are not realized at all even after 10 years!

Authentic Ocean Treasure
Authentic Ocean Treasure, a partnership firm was established in year 2016. The firm is engaged in trading and processing of “SURIMI” (fish meat without bones) which is very popular food in countries like Indonesia, China, Korea and Thailand. The Firm has set up its office in Mangalore SEZ, Karnataka. Commercial production is expected to start from Dec 2017.


GAIL to simultaneously lay gas pipelinefrom Mangaluru and Kochi
Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers awards ammonia revamp contract to KBR

Mangaluru is fertile ground for investors: Enough land is available

Mangaluru does not have land is a myth created by vested real estate lobby of the single city. After all IT/BT industries require how much land?

Does this mean that there is a scope for dental materials & equipments industrial cluster to produce latest products of bio-dentistry, biomimetic dentistry, eco-dentistry? Could open up space for startups in biodental engineering also. What about cosmetic medical products? That means aesthetic medicine and biocosmetic engineering startups.

Ministry of External affairs asks missions to promote Ayush, Ayurveda: V K Singh
Need to have a study of setting up medi-value EPZs in different parts of India, said Khatua.
Whether it means both medical treatment and manufacturing together in an EPZ? If so then Mangaluru can have a EPZ for exporting both dental/biodental/aesthetic/biocosmetic materials & equipments and dental & cosmetic treatment for cruise tourists. But better to declare as 'Dental/Cosmetic Investment Region' so that treatment facilities can be spread out across undivided DK. In general 'Medical Investment Region'. Many health cities or EPZs can be part of Medical Investment Region. Even teaching foreign students can be an export service. For coastal regions this could be implemented under Sagarmala project along with cruise tourism.

Desalinated water for the parched city'

Slightly confused when I see 10 lakh litres (1 MLD?, may be 100 MLD) plant for Rs. 1000 crores. These politicians have all stupid ideas and money to waste instead of relocating a part of people of the parched region to Mangaluru by creating enough jobs. A thorough study is needed to find out increase in salinity level due to high capacity desalination plant. Desalination is not a wise idea: Experts

Wish that the state government will open skill development centre on desalination plant also at construction stage itself to train around 1000 people and provide them placement in countries where job opportunities are available like gulf countries. If they include people from the parched region also for training then they can save water at least for 2000-3000 people by placing them along with their family abroad. All we need is tiny tiny smart programmes like this to reduce water requirements in the parched region. The state government can also reserve half of employment in desalination plant for the people of the parched region.

Further what I wonder is whether we can sell some quantity of saline water (brine) itself or products using it. Some of items like 'bottled salt water' can be used for cooking (iodized?), 'salt water spray bottle' can be used instead of powder salt spray. It can also be used as 'salt spray texturizer' for hair and as sea water gel. Saline water can be used in spa. For pharmaceutical products - read seawater-based pharmaceutical products. It (or further concentrated one) may be used for marination of potato chips & fingers, unripe jack cut pieces before packing. And read about sea water-based plant nutrients, the many benefits and uses of sea minerals, five sea mineral products. A little bit research is required. But don't leave the research to the IISc professor! NITK or MU would be better. Bottling of water can happen in plastic park itself. Like this if we can generate 5000 jobs for people of the parched region in Mangaluru then we end up helping the parched region further.

India sanctions ADNOC involvement in Mangalore strategic crude oil storage

Industries plan maintenance shutdown during summer
DC bars MRPL, MSEZ from lifting dam water

Till desalination plant is commissioned this may be the case.

Authentic Japanese food products from Mangaluru
FoodTech startup iD Fresh has a plant in Mangaluru

Mangaluru to get desalination plant

Hope that capacity of desalination plant do not affect fisheries sector badly by increasing salinity level adversely.

The company (MRPL) can meet half of its water requirement through treated sewage

Indonesia is interested in bitaletral agreement with Mangaluru

Summa: A delegation from Indonesia held first discussion with KCCI on this yesterday. Indonesian Consul General Saut Siringoringo said discussion will continue in steps between people involved in this endeavour. He said Mangaluru has developed very well in educational domain & there is conducive environment for pharmaceutical developments. Next month Indonesia is holding Trade Expo Indonesia.

Good if we can do well in pharmaceuticals as we are already doing well in healthcare - Mangaluru ranks 12th in global list for healthcare. Along with this we have to focus on Healthcare Informatics also.

ICRA rating report for MSEZ mentions two more companies - IMC Limited, Ulka Seafoods Pvt. Ltd.. So, MSEZ is going to have second seafood processing company after Authentic Ocean Treasure. Mangalore may get more companies in edible oil processing sector with Emami showing interest to set up a plant after Ruchi Soya & Adani. So in food processing after cashewnut & coffee, Mangalore is getting companies in seafood and edible oil sectors also.

Kisan Mouldings has finalised Mangalore for South India for a facility of over 100 Tonnes per month capacity

JBF Petrochemicals commissions PTA plant in Mangalore

From where they are getting water to operate the plant when factories like MCF, and one unit of MRPL have closed down due to shortage of water?

PPR on installation of LNG storage and regasification facility

Whether any progress made on this Rs. 100 crores project? As mentioned in MCF Annual Report 2015-16 Rs. 315 crores gas conversion project of urea operations is already successfully completed. Once natural gas is available through pipeline what are they going to do with this regasification facility? Can MCF import LNG in ships and supply natural gas to other customers or other future internal use? Mostly they have to increase LNG storage capacity later if they want to do this.

Water shortage is hitting industries

Aqua Aquaria India 2017 14th-16th May 2017 Nehru Maidan, Mangalore

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL.NS) Moves 3.56%

Yes. MRPL could run without water shortage so far at the cost of Mangaloreans. Mangaloreans have paid heavily (for water tankers & Bislery water) so that MRPL share could move on. Petrol is more important than water for survival. Isn't it? How nice it would have been if MRPL startup fund could have been used for developing a human species which survives by drinking petrol.

Industries, urban residents feel the pain, too

KIOCL bounces back, produces 14 lakh tons of pellets, meets ministry target

The district will shortly get a textiles park
The district will shortly also get a textiles park and this is in line with an assurance given by the state government in the state legislature. The assurances committee of the council has directed the government to honour the same, Ivan said, adding modalities of setting up the same is being worked out. The district has a lot of potential to host a Textiles Park, Ivan said, adding it will give much needed boost to employment opportunities for the youth in Dakshina Kannada.
Whether it is 'Technical Textile Park'? If so focus should be on Medical Textile. And Plastic Park should be for Medical Plastic Devices.
Centre to promote use of technical textiles - Mangaluru can have startups in medical, industrial, and agro textiles.
We’re not in mad race to attract investment: R V Deshpande
We are also concerned about Bengaluru city’s pollution and environment and are trying to see that manufacturing units do not come here. We are trying to disperse manufacturing sectors to Mangaluru, Mysuru, Kolar, Vemgal, Narsapura, Vasanthanarsapura and Yadgir. Even the investors are realising that infrastructure is not that cheap here anymore. GlaxoSmith Kline’s biggest investment is in Vemgal; Honda’s is in Narsapura, Kolar district; Asian Paints and Pepsi have gone to Mysuru, while Havells has gone to Tumakuru.
Once again skewed ideas. Don't pollute other cities by transfering pollution. We don't want manufacturing and knowledge to be separated. Every city should have self sufficient R&D infrastructure, every city should grow in both manufacturing & service sector equally. You can not pollute others for one city's selfish goals.

Other states give incentives such as free land and have excluded VAT for 10 years to attract investments…

Concessions alone do not bring success. You should have full infrastructure for that. If you don’t have power, water, market and human resources, then what will you do with land? I am not in that mad race.
Instead of moving power, water move human resources to places where power, water is available. Let us not forget power & water shortage in other cities are created artificially to support a single city. Some people may be thinking that the single city produced man power in a machine invented by great scientists of that city. There was no such market in the single city itself a few decades back. The market was created by both the state and the central governments through heavy invest of of public money (of people of the state and the country) to build infrastructure in this city. If such investment are made in any other city by the governments market will be created in that city also.

Establishment of EPIP 2nd Phase Industrial Area at Ganjimutt Village, Mangalore - Accepted By SEAC

'Plastic Park' worth Rs 1,000 crores
Mangaluru which incidentally has the state's only oil refinery in Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and the refinery will be ideally suited to take forward this project, noted minister H N Ananth Kumar.
H Kumar, managing director, MRPL, who was present, told STOI that the ONGC subsidiary has the necessary infrastructure and raw material needed to make the minister's proposal in to a reality. "We will await fine print of the proposal and how it pans out with various stakeholders," he said. The ministry under the scheme will provide one time grant in to aid SPV that state government or any of its agencies such as State Industrial Development Corporation forms.
The city is also suitable for 'Medical Electronics Park'. Mangaluru can also be hub of physiotherapy (India can be hub of physiotherapy). In general the three taluks Mangaluru, Bantwal & Udupi should be declared as 'Medical Investment Region'. To achieve this we need an able minister at the center and an able & visionary chief minister at the state like CB Naidu of AP.

Mangalore can also manufacture marine sports products which may add weight to marine sports tourism also.

ATS launches new storage tank terminal in India
The new facility is being launched under the name of Raftaar Terminals and will be built with the state of art specifications complying with Indian PESO, OISD norms and with relevant international safety standards.

It will feature the first tank terminal in Mangalore with stainless steel 316L storage tanks and a jetty pipeline suitable for all acids.

The facility can handle the full spectrum of petroleum products including Class A, B & C like Naphtha, Gas oil, Motor Spirit, Para-Xylene, Methanol and a wide range of Petrochemicals products.

It will have eight tanks with capacities ranging from 4000 KL to 12300 KL, totalling 50000 CUM plus, with four jetty lines of SS 316L and carbon steel to handle Petroleum & Petrochemical products from New Mangalore Port Jetties.
Desalination plant: Team to visit Chennai soon

A desalination plant of smaller capacity is more than enough for Mangaluru industries. Let us not allow the real estate lobby of the parched city to turn our sea into dead sea (just like turning the parched city into city of burning or foaming lakes) compromising livelihood of our fishermen. We don't want UPCL to be expanded just to supply electricity to pump water to the parched city.

Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru pipeline is now in construction phase

Medicinal value: Explore the potential of kokum fruits, experts tell farmers
However, there is a good scope for preparing value-added products from Garcinia fruits. Kokum is a good candidate for the preparation of jam. All such factors should be taken into consideration for exploring the potential of fruits from Garcinia family, he said.
‘Kokum fruit has high marketing potential’
Squash, juice, ointment, jam, multi-purpose powder — all value added products made from Kokum — attracted visitors at the first Kokum Mela of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi at Muliya village, near Vitla, on Monday.

Dried Kokum rind and a spicy value added product of Kokum were among the other attractions. The ointment was made from Kokum butter.
Neera unit stopped operating due to the government's indifference

NRI forum to act as a bridge between UAE and Karnataka

Let use see whether this forum will invest in the region in which these NRIs born or in and around the parched city which is already spoiling their birth place through projects like Yettinahole, Desalination plants for its selfish goal and created artificial shortage of water in past two years. These NRIs have to understand every investment in and around parched city will result in their birth place itself get parched.

Aqua Aquaria India 2017 to be held at Mangalore from May 14 to 16
Government to organise Aqua Aquaria India 2017 exhibition
The event is touted as the largest show of its kind in Asia for the aquaculture sector by Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Besides, the exhibition through 250 stalls will showcase various harvest technologies and machinery in export oriented aquaculture.

The event is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from India and abroad.
Warning - The blooming ornamental aquatic plant industry: A threat to the aquatic ecosystems

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Sagaramala Project for Commerce, Tourism: Preparation of plan for Kuloor - Tannirbhavi - Sulatan Batteri - Old Port Road

Would that mean there is no need for 'Hanging Bridge' at Sulatan Battery? I would like Kannur/Adyar Bridge across Netravati also under Sagaramala Project.

New Netravathi river-front road to have bicycle track
Highway from Netravati River Coast to Kannur, 2

Shiradi Ghat to have anti-skid mastic asphalt technology
Shiradi Ghat work: PWD to terminate contract with GVR

Finally, light at the end of Shiradi Ghat tunnel
Its geologists reveal the rock strata along the route of the project is made of solid granite and will offer the required stability for the tunnel.

Representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is funding the project, have inspected the site on a couple of occasions and seem satisfied with it, according to sources. Also, the Railways will have to cooperate in building the tunnel, which is unlikely disturb the flora and fauna as feared, going by a geotechnical team member.
Wonder whether they are including railway tunnel.

Govt to develop economic corridors, logistics parks
The economic corridors include Mumbai-Cochin-Kanyakumari, Bangalore-Mangalore, Hyderabad-Panji and Sambalpur-Ranchi to name a few.
Shiradighat tunnel may be a part of this project! And 'Smart Multimode Logistics Hub' may come up in Maravoor (Nagarjuna/JESCO site)!

A fund of Rs 3,000 crore would be spent on developing the Goa-Mangalore highway

Mangalore requires alternate roads

Summa: Suggesting following alternative roads, namely, Netravati Bridge - Kannur road (eastern part of Mangala Corniche Road), Tokkottu - Melkar Road, Netravati Bridge - Kuloor Road (western part of Mangala Corniche Road), Vamanjoor - Kullor Road (may be Vamanjoor - Bondel Road or Mangala Corniche itself).

Rs. 48 crores proposal for sixlane MRPL Gate Road
Rs. 42 crores Surathkal-MRPL Fourlaning works begin, 2

Mangaluru: Kadri temple road - first to get best amenities including underground electric cables

Four-laning works of Hassan-BC Road 115 km NH to be completed by 2.5 years: Minister
Hassan-BC Road fourlaning works to start in March, 2

Summa: Isolux Corsán and L&T are contractors who are executing the project. Former Minister Kota Srinivas Poojari has suggested to decrease number of turns at Gundya and save trees by using government land on Hassan-Sakleshpur section. Shiradighat section cancelled works is waiting in court and this section will be of width 8.5 meters only even after fourlaning.

Ultimately Tunnel road can only save forest land.

‘Lack of land a hurdle to set up logistics park’
Mangalore requires well equipped Logistics Park

Why truck drivers illegally parking at multiple places can not be comfortable with multiple terminals? Whether Truck Terminal can come up along with 'Smart Multimode Logistics Hub' at Maravoor? Which is suitable place for 'School of Logistics'?

‘Mangaluru will have logistics park’
Besides providing parking facilities to goods vehicles, the park will have other facilities, including warehousing, packaging, value addition and many more.

Mr. Mallikarjun, Joint Commissioner of Transport, said that he wanted to improve transport facilities in Mangaluru when he was the Regional Transport Officer here in 2011-13. However, he had very limited powers. Now being in-charge of the company, he can do something for the city which has huge potential for growth, the officer said.
In case of Maravoor Multimode Logistics Hub, apart from being near to seaport and airport goods can be easily moved in waterways by providing a water canal link to Gurupura river. But hinterland roads connectivity to MSEZ road corridor should be further strengthened and goods movement has to take place without entering main city. Rail track extension to Logistics Hub is not difficult as track exist already adjacent to this area.

Newly-laid Kadri Temple concrete road may not be dug up in future
Roads in Mangaluru North set to get new look

2.5 km road on Mangaluru-Athradi State Highway 67 connecting Mangaluru International Airport will be developed at a cost of Rs 50 crore

The parched cities get Rs. 1500 crores and Rs 100 crores and water rich Udupi-Mangaluru gets just Rs 50 crores. This is just another plan to steal away people from coastal region. We can definitely say that the state government had planned for K'taka's GSDP growth rate falls to 6.9%, below national average.

Ring Roads Construction, 2

Summa: Rs. 8 crores released for 6.5 km Netravatibridge-Kannur new road along river bank. Rs. 10 crores is sanctioned for Kannur-Kulashekar new road. Old port-Sultan Battery-Bengre-NMPT road is proposed under Sagarmala project. There will not be Sultan Battery-Bengre Suspension Bridge if this project is executed.

Hope they will also include Kannur or Adyar bridge across Netravati under Sagarmala as posted earlier.

Wonder which roads will be developed under 'Startup District' scheme. Mostly Ministry of Commerce and Industry itself decides secretly. But as it has finalized startup facility at NITK and NMAMIT we can guess that they may give stress on Surathkal-Airport and Airport-SH67-Nitte-Karkala road. If the centre allocates money for that part of SH67 then we have Marakada-Belman stretch fully developed as already Rs. 50 crores is allocated for 2.5 km stretch development in the state budget. Then we are left with Belman-Athrady stretch to complete airport connectivity to Manipal.

Over 3,000 trees being felled to widen NH 75

Tender for tunnel road
PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa has said the tender process for implementing the proposed tunnel road project at Shiradi Ghat section will be taken up in January 2018.

In his written reply to Kota Srinivas Poojary (BJP) in the Council, he said the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will take up the tendering process. The project consultant, Geo Consultants, has been directed to submit a final feasibility study report, he added.
Shiradi Tunnel will be 7.5 meters high and 14 meters wide

Whether 14 meters wide tunnel means fourlane road? Is there provision to accommodate one more fourlane tunnel to make it totally eightlane road in future? Could it be just removing road divider to create oneway fourlane at that time?

Survey for Shiradi-Charmadi ghat alternative road

Summa: The state government is preparing DPR (Detailed Project Report) for Mudigere-Byrapura-Nayihalla-Perike road connecting to Shishila. This part of forest has less number of trees.

This road connect Shishila to NH-75 or SH-37?

Rs. 86 crores proposal for underpass at Nanthoor

Summa: Proposal is sent to centre. Also Rs. 8 crores and Rs. 3 crores District Court connecting roads project is under execution. Out of Rs. 50 crores airport road stretch, Rs. 16 crores will be used for constructing bridge across Gurupura river.

The Gurupura bridge is of around 200 meters length. So, the government is spending Rs. 34 crores for remaining 2.3 kilometers of airport road. Mostly this involves land acquisition cost also.

Ring Roads are the solution for traffic woes, 2

Note that if we are developing banks of Netravati & Phalguni rivers as per new MCRZ (Marine and Coastal Regulation Zone, 2) then this road on river bank may not act as bypass as it passes through MCRZ were commercial activities are allowed. No road in which commercial & tourism activities are allowed can be a bypass. And also, if you opt for BRTS (either Boat Rapid Transit System or Bus Rapid Transit System), it also goes against spirit of bypass as it is designed for Transit Oriented Development within city if new MCRZ rules allow it.

I can consider KotekarBeeri-B.C.Road-Kateel-Mulky road as a bypass if it is kept free from local traffic of city as much as possible. (As Thokkottu-Mudipu stretch is busy with local traffic it can not be bypass). In case of Mangala Corniche only Kannur-Gurupura stretch may be free of local traffic initially for a longer time than other stretches of it. Anyway till commercial or tourism activities start any new road can be used as a bypass.

The real bypass will be created when Sagarmala Expressway bypasses all commercial areas of every city on coast.

Hotel, dhaba staff on NH to provide first aid

Widening of NH 75 between Hassan, BC Road set to begin
The road work between Hassan and Maranahalli is being taken up by Isolux Corsan Company, while the stretch between Addahole and BC Road is awarded to L&T. It will take no less than two years to complete the work. The widening would add seven to eight metres to the existing road. The projected cost for upgrading the highway between Hassan and Maranahalli is said to be Rs 400 crore.
4 national highway projects in state progressing smoothly, 2 delayed
The National Highways Authority of India is implementing all the six projects under build-operate-transfer mode in different parts of the state, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh L Mandaviya, informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Replying to a question by K C Ramamurthy (Congress), the minister said 92% of the four-laning works of the Suratkal-Kundapur section of NH-17 is completed and the remaining work will be completed by the end of June.

Around 70% of the four-laning work of a section of NH-66 from the Goa-Karnataka border to Kundapur is completed and the remaining work is targeted for completion by August.
Panvel to Mangaluru will be a four-lane concrete road
There is another package on the Mangaluru road. The entire road from Panvel to Mangaluru will be a four-lane concrete road and the route which takes a duration of 10-12 hours should then take 5 and a half hours to 6 hours," the union minister said.
Why not the government make it six lane itself? At least make already constructed fourlane stretches sixlane concrete road for next repair.

Rs 10 trillion umbrella road project Bharatmala to subsume NHDP

Karnataka govt approves last mile four-lane connectivity to Mangaluru Airport
The project funding also includes Rs 16 crore set aside for an additional road bridge across the Phalguni. This is essential to avoid the bottleneck posed by the existing two-lane bridge, Ivan said. In addition, efforts are on to seek permission from the Southern Railway to widen the existing rail under bridge, a little distance ahead from the road bridge, noted Ivan.
Whether RUB cost is included in Rs. 50 crores total cost?

Bridge built across river Kumaradhara at an estimated cost of Rs 7.78 crore

Pumpwell, Thokkottu flyovers may miss June deadline

No u-turns, no side entry: 20,000 km of highways will go high-speed soon
NEW DELHI: In the next four to five years, at least 20,000 km of major national highways will get rid of frequent cuts on the medians and will be barricaded to prevent stray animals coming on to the main highways. The main carriageways will be designated for the fast moving and heavy vehicles to ensure these ply seamlessly and at high speed.

This project, which also includes expanding the identified stretches to at least four lanes throughout the corridors under Phase-I of ambitious Bharatmala scheme, will cost around Rs 3.85 lakh crore.
Considering the need to make existing highways more efficient rather than building more expensive greenfield roads, the road transport and highways ministry under Nitin Gadkari has sent the proposal to upgrade the identified stretches as "access controlled" ones, a concept which has been adopted by most of the developed countries. Access controlled roads have limited and designated entry and exit points instead of the present practice of every office or establishment joining the main highway. Segregated service roads are used for coming on to the main highway.

Some of these corridors that have been identified will be Mumbai-Kolkata and Mangalore-Bangalore, Ludhiana to Kandla and Porbandar to Silchar, primarily connecting the hubs of major economic activities, which includes ports, manufacturing hubs and trade centres. "All missing or stressed links will be developed uniformly to avoid congestion at any point on such corridors. The issue is whether by improving existing roads and creating dedicated unidirectional service road can we avoid investment of about Rs 12 lakh crore in building parallel expressways?" said a source.
Highspeed Highway between Bengaluru-Mangaluru

Not only NH-75 but also NH-66 included for highspeeding as it is part of Bharatmala project. If so, forget about making Mangala Corniche as bypass and just develop it for tourism and commercial activities. And Boat Rapid Transit System or Bus Rapid Transit System based TOD if MCRZ allows it. Disadvantage of Bus Rapid Transit System is it is going to have only one side to develop where as in Boat Rapid Transit System both sides of rivers can be developed as per TOD principles.

Getting back to highspeed highways, the highways should be easily scalable from fourlane to sixlane or eightlane in future. So service road should be at required distance from main road. Even connecting roads from service roads to main highway should be properly designed for scalability to save cost in future while expanding. As 45 meters width land is acquired for highway this can be easily done.

Even if highway separates intercity traffic from intracity/local traffic by allowing intracity traffic through service road (that is, highway itself is bypass), commercialization around highway should be minimum.

Within city limits, to disallow easy escape of criminals after committing crimes, security measures at highway entry points should be strenghtened.

Highspeed lane will allow fast movement of emergency vehicles.

Road to Talapady stinking owing to piles of garbage

KSRTC makes its debuton Agumbe Ghat road

Ghat roads sport a newlook ahead of monsoon

MLCP project a non-starter as MCC, MUDA look away

Basement could be used for bus stop and other floors for parking. Forget shopping complex except for existing ones. Find out a away to put tax on vehicles to meet finance. A smart city should either devise a away to make parking a profitable business or totally get rid off personal vehicles.

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Some of the 'Smart City' & 'Digital India' developments in and around Mangaluru.

Smart Cities: Process on to pick experts to execute action plans
MCC turns a new leaf: Get into pre-budget consultation with budgets
Street vendors get designated hawking place

Namma Kudla takes a conscious step towards Shuddha Gaali

What would be the smart city plan for reducing dust?

Mobile emission checking vehicle flagged off in Mangaluru

In which way this vehicle is environmental friendly compared to other vehicles?

Continuous ambient air quality monitoring station to come up in Mangaluru
It will be in addition to recently launched mobile smoke emission inspection unit to check the polluting vehicles by the board along with regional transport office (RTO).

The station with automated air quality recording system will be first-of-its-kind in the coastal city, after Bengaluru ......
Mangaluru safe for now
The results of ambient air analysis in Mangaluru for the year 2015-16 as recorded by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) indicate that respirable particulate matter (RSPM) is within the national limit (60.0 ug/M3) ......
Mangaluru auto-rickshaw drivers take digital route
Namma Kudla auto-rickshaw drivers go Paytm way
Cooperative society of autorickshaw drivers spearheads technology-driven facilities
Move to allow display of advertisementson autorickshaws awaiting nod

"service on call", "GPS based vehicle tracking" are welcome smart moves by autorickshaw drivers keeping in phase with smart city requirements. "service on call" is very important in medical emergency cases due to limited availability (especially during night) and non-manoeuvrability of ambulances in narrow streets. Read Auto driver who gives stiff competition to ambulances.

Private transporter makes his bus wi-fi enabled

Karnataka Bank launches mobile banking app

318 villages in DK should make cashless transactions
DK rural areas all set to go cashless
Mandekolu and Balapa to become state's first cashless villages
Mescom to bring 22 lakh consumers under web-based Total Revenue Management

NMPT implements eDO (Electronic Delivery Order) facility for its users
New Mangaluru Port first to introduce eDO for bulk/liquid cargo

Aadhaar registration camp for transgenders in M’luru

Now, become 'Swachhagrahis' with MoUD's Swachhata app

Gruha Suraksha home security solution a hit among public
Using digital display board to get crime prevention message across
People can also click selfies and upload on Twitter and Facebook with #pledgeyoursupportcampaign.
25 high-tech patrol vehicles inducted into M'luru city police commissionerate
With this new vehicle, the police will now be able to reach crime scenes or trouble-hit areas at the earliest. This will help the police to patrol more intensely.

Every vehicle will have a tablet. When the control room receives a call, relevant details are shared with a mobile data terminal team, which then checks for a patrol vehicle that is closest to the scene of crime and the information will be passed on to the vehicle. In fact, an automatic route will also be generated to help the patrolling vehicle to reach the crime spot.
Dakshina Kannada Police introduce patrolling on Shiradi, Charmadi, Sampaje Ghats
The patrolling vehicles will have first aid box, folding stretcher, 180 degree rotatable latest technology CC Camera with recording system, 180 degree rotatable high beam top search light, tri-color bar light system, multi-sound featured advanced PA system, inverter with power back up, GPRS GPS facility and wireless connectivity. Policemen, who have been deputed for patrolling duty, have been given sufficient training to use all modern equipment available in the vehicle. They also have been given training in first aid, the SP added.
POS (cashless transactions) at petrol outlets ring threefold increase

Now, swipe card to enter Pilikula Biological Park

Online water bill payment system soon
MCC takes up survey of water connections to digitally record consumer details

Nabard chief launches app for SHGs at Dharmasthala

Fisheries Department loses track of data: Enumerators go jobless

Panel recommends govt to set up database on overseas Kannadigas
Mangaluru Customs launches online guide for international passengers
Faster customs on cards an Mangaluru airport

GPS-based survey of property
City budget promises to offer 19 services on-line

Few takers for government-backed property titles
Mangaluru City Corporation to adopt smart solutions including apps for ease of governance

Mangaluru to get traffic automation centre
In the first phase, the centre will facilitate traffic police to maintain comprehensive records of all the registered vehicles across state including the details of the owners. It will also give a list of offences and violation registered against a particular vehicle.
How many vehicles plying in Mangaluru are registered outside the state?

Malaria Check: Mangaluru Model Effective

Aadhaar enrolment affected as centres yet to install GPS device

An app that brings local garage services online

Garages are the worst encroachers of footpaths & roads. Is there any online application which tell us exactly how much footpath & road each garage is occupying? The mechanics who provide cheap services are in general occupying footpath & road more. If we can make the service a little bit more costly then number of vehicles on roads may get reduced and hence pollution.

87 out of 365 villages digitised by banks in Dakshina Kannada

ISRO’s Bhuvan Panchayat to map Mangaluru taluk

The police have taken up the job of upgrading the M-Track traffic management programme on war footing

Varsity launches app that acts as analytical tool for medical students
Yengram, an Android app that works as a workstation on wheels, helps doctors to monitor complete database of work done at their fingertips. The app, which also has its web platform, improves communication capabilities, helps to keep all electronic medical records (EMRs), picture archiving and communication systems (PACSs) and provides several other options like fix appointments, add patients, search patients etc.
"It is a simple, yet powerful app that makes management easier for doctors in medical and dental colleges. Its features include manage team, view team appointments, add patients, schedule appointments, search patients, track patients' records and monitor health conditions wherever we are. The app, which was launched last week, will be used by nearly 300 doctors and postgraduate students of the Yenepoya Dental College and it will be introduced for the students of Yenepoya Medical College in future," Dr Sham told TOI.
We are just in the starting point of developing Health Informatics. Just inching. What are the chances of Mangalore getting a 'Centre of Excellence for Health Informatics'? If Mangaluru MP & MLAs were smart enough we could have got this by now. Instead of wasting time to visit desalination plant in Chennai our representatives should spend time productively to bring centre of excellences to Mangaluru. They can just say we will boycott Chennai visit if not Mangaluru gets centre of excellences.

Virtual classroom introduced to Manipal students

Autos in M’luru look to ‘rebrand’

New security measure to prevent mobile usage in jails: FGI poles will detect smuggled SIM cards

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MIA Runway expansion execution possibility is diminishing

Summa: As the central government wants the state government to acquire land needed for runway expansion like other states like Kerala and the state government is not ready to acquire land at its cost possibility of Mangaluru International Airport runway expansion is diminishing. Due to this Mangaluru may lose future opportunities to neighbouring Kerala. But good news is that Rs. 130 crores airport terminal expansion work is going to start in April. And Rs. 110 crores taxiway expansion work is going on.

Proposed MIA runway expansion project in limbo

Spice Jet daily introduces new flight from Hyderabad to Mangaluru
Jet Airways to operate direct flight service to Delhi from city starting January 16

Mangalore International Airport neccessities should be addressed

Summa: As per MR Vasudev, previous Director of MIA
  • Karnataka government should stop comparing MIA with smaller non-performing airports of Karnataka
  • Realize potential of this airport for immediate growth of the state just like Kerala & Goa are doing
  • Runway Extension is very important for operating aircrafts like Boeing 747, Airbus 330
  • Precision Approach Lighting System Class-II to be incorporated
  • Roads surrounding airport should be developed
  • Maravoor Bridge should be developed
  • Cargo Terminal should be shifted to Deccan Park
  • Well equipped Customs Clearance System is needed
  • Local politicians should lobby with the state and the state should lobby with the centre for development of the airport
In addition I think, e-visa facility at airport is also an important requirement for developing tourism. And there is no further news on flying club, business park, hotel and convention centre which were proposed a long back.
AAI sources said that global logistics companies, trade and industry groups and pharmaceutical companies could look at occupying plots in the business park.
This airport has potential to help the parched districts of Karnataka in a big way. If airport and surrounding regions are developed immediately then Mangaluru can also generate enough jobs and provide alternate destination for people coming currently to the parched city. The reverse migration will reduce the need for water and hence river diversion or putting up of thermal plant for powering water against gravity. The development of this airport is the most environmental friendly way of developing the state. And our politicians should lobby for this rigorously.

For the time being it looks like the state politicians are not interested in developing any alternative to the parched city, in fact it looks like they are afraid of any alternative coming up within the state and hence not showing interest in acquiring land for MIA airport extension. Probably state politicians were happy when Emirates Airlines, which initially considered MIA for its future expansion now considering Kerala airports only because of non-availability of longer runway for operating its big aircrafts. Looks like politicians and their sponsors have invested a lot in a single city and they are interested in increasing the value of their properties at the cost of ruining environment of rest of Karnataka. That is why they think of spending money on Aghanashini diversion or Netrvati diversion to damage rich westernghat and then put up thermal power plants to lift water instead of spending money on MIA runway extension and development of region around it.

Mangaluru needs to have good institutes like Indian Institute of Management, School of Economics, School of Logistics (may be as part of Maritime College for Maritime Logistics Informatics, IT/ITES incubation), School of Commerce (for e-commerce IT/ITES incubation), Skills University, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology or Petroleum University, National Institute for Pharmaceutial Education & Research, Biomedical Engineering Education & Research Institute, Indian Institute of Robotics, National Institute of Water Management, Marine University or School of Marine Sciences or School of Oceanology (Note that what Karnataka Government proposed under Sagarmala is Maritime College as university in Chennai is Maritime University, and there is chance that bureaucrats misunderstanding Oceanology as Oceanography ) , Institute of Subsea Technologies or Institute of Offshore Engineering or National Subsea Research Institute (in collaboration with GSI, ONGC & KIOCL for deep sea mining)(1,2), School of Food Science, School of Textiles & Design, National Institute of Clean Energy or National Institute of Clean Science & Technology (for jobs in gulf countries as these countries are going for things like solar energy, smart cities, green buildings in a big way & MIA has good connectivity), Institute of Urban Management (urban managers are not only needed in India but also in emerging economies of gulf and african countries), Pilot Training Institute within 15 km radius of MIA. Mangaluru has contributed a lot in banking sector and hence to economics of the country but I don't know why state opened IIM and now thinking of opening School of Economics in a city which has contributed almost zero to banking sector. All these things are happening because DK politicians are not lobbying enough. Thanks to Hubli-Dharwad politicians IIT went to Hubli otherwise they would have turned even Phalguni river to supply water to it. All bad things to DK and rest of Karnataka happening because DK politicians are not lobbying enough to get any good institutes (like mentioned above) to our region. Mangaluru politicians have to learn a lot from North Karnataka politicians who are putting all efforts to bring big institutes to cities like Hubli, Gulbarga, etc. Nonethless every institute going away from the parched region to the other regions of water abundance should be a saviour for DK & its ecology. Otherwise our future generation may end up hearing "Just like, once upon a time, all roads lead to Rome all rivers are flowing to the parched city now" and we will continue to hear since Mangalore has Petroleum refinery the parched city should have Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology or since Mangalore has water and incubated many banks Karnataka should have School of Economics in the parched city. Then only Trump can save Karnataka!

Jet Airways suspends direct daily flight service from Mangaluru to Sharjah
Jet Airways adds a new service between Mangaluru and Delhi route
Mangaluru-Delhi direct daily flight service begins
Indigo to launch Mangalore operation in next few months

Time to develop state's second international airport
Karnataka ready to acquire land for Mangaluru airport runway expansion

The Karnataka state government which don't even release money for just acquiring land of a performing airport runway expansion, will it be able to build all those airports it is claiming and execute projects to build economy for attracting traffic? Instead of selling dreams to people in every nook of the state why not compromise with reality? There is a story that if Karnataka politicians & bureaucrats were given 100 eggs they would have kept 90 eggs in one basket and remaining as 20 half-eggs, one half each, in 20 baskets for hatching.

Mangaluru airport runway expansion
Demand for special grant for acquiring 200 acres land for runway expansion

Two more aerobridges are ready & waiting for DGCA approval
AAI approves construction of taxiway at Mangaluru airport of Rs. 98 crores

Green Signal for e-Tourist Visa facility at MIA

Summa: Equipments needed for e-Visa will arrive from Chennai soon. A separate Counter will be opened at MIA for rendering this service. Availability of this facility will help in promotion of medical tourism.

Mangaluru airport to increase safety features, flight capacity
AAI commissions phase I of part parallel taxi track at MIA

Runway expansion: Expectation spreads feather again

Summa: Large scale industries & infrastructure development ministry of the state has informed the central civil aviation ministry that the state government is ready to acquire and hand over land needed for MIA runway expansion as proposed. Revised proposal of runway expasion to 10,000 feet needs 92 acres (23 acres government + 69 acres private land) of land against original proposal of extension to 11,600 feet which required 280 acres of land and totally costed Rs 1120 crores.

The 2017-18 State budget has announced submission of proposal to Government of India for the expansion of Mangalore International Airport including acquisition of 286 acres of land and promised to provide necessary facilities by the state government.

MIA Runway will be expanded immediately after the state's aprroval

Summa: Runway expansion needs acquisition of 190 acres costing Rs. 199 crores. After expansion bigger aircrafts like Boeing 777, Airbus A330 can be operated from this airport. Both international passenger and freight traffic will increase after runway expansion. (JFYI Aircraft Runway Requirements - I think this is for sea level atmospheric pressure.)

E-visa facility at Mangaluru airport from April 1

Mangaluru airport awaits upgrade
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is all set to expand the terminal building at Mangaluru International Airport to accommodate more passengers in the international arrival hall.

The building will be expanded on the exit side of the airport by 90 m x 55 m. With this, more space could be created in the hall to handle about 375 passengers an hour, airport director J.T. Radhakrishna told The Hindu.

At present, the hall can handle 125 passengers an hour. When the hall is ready, passengers of three flights can be handled at the same time, as opposed to one flight now. He said that now the hall has one conveyor belt. After the expansion, two more will be added.

Bids for the expansion work will be called next month, Mr. Radhakrishna said.
Puttur needs small airport

What I feel is for developing airports Karnataka should learn a lesson from Kerala. Kerala developed a single airport at a time by putting all effort behind it during that period. That is the reason Kerala could develop so many airports one after another. Karnataka should stop the practice of putting half eggs in many baskets for hatching.

MIA runway expansion: Letter to the centre from the state government

Summa: The state government has asked the central government for details of the extent of land needed for MIA runway expansion, committment for development expenditure, economical feasibility, approval from civil aviation authority. The state government will proceed with land acquisition only after receiving all these details.

A silly excuse. Did the state government follow the same procedure while issuing land acquisition notification for MRPL expansion? Where is feasibility study of MRPL phase IV expansion? Did they follow same procedure for the second runway? Why committment from central government needed now when central government spending money on all other works like taxiway, terminal expansion on a regular basis? Is it like for filling Mangalore with chemical industries nothing is needed, but for projects beneficial for Mangaloreans all these procedures are needed?

IndiGo to fly to Bengaluru, Mumbai from Mangaluru from May 1

Mangaluru International Airport started offering e-Visas from today

Visitors entry fee hiked as MIA is listed as one of 17 important airports of the country

Late-night flights in limbo over MIA security shortage

IndiGo starts daily flights to Mangalore from B'luru, Mumbai
After Bengaluru and Mumbai, IndiGo plans to connect city with Hyderabad, Delhi

We need Kolkata flight for completing connectivity with six mega metros of India. Next stage would be for connectivity to Pune, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Madurai etc.

Mangaluru International Airport expects 20% growth this fiscal

Qatar Airways plans fierce expansion in India (including to Mangaluru) to beat Gulf rivals

Drishti System to be installed in Mangaluru International Airport to allow safe landing of aircraft during very low visibility conditions
Exclusive: Separate arrival, depature halls, new conveyer belts soon - Mangaluru Airport director
Discussions with Civil Aviation Ministry are being held on the expansion of runway of Mangaluru Airport

Two more aircraft parking bays commissioned at airport
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has commissioned two more aircraft parking bays at the international airport here. With this, eight aircraft can be parked at the airport at a time instead of the six earlier, according to J.T. Radhakrishna, director of the airport.

The new parking bays have been constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore, he said in a release. The director said that many a time, flights were held up or delayed for about five minutes to 10 minutes due to non-availability of parking bays during peak hours. With the commissioning of the new bays, the waiting time for aircraft has been reduced. The AAI is also planning to build four more parking bays in the airport next year at a cost of Rs 8 crore, he said. Passenger traffic at the airport went up by 4.21 % in one year, from 16.76 lakh during 2015-16 to 17.46 lakh in 2016-17. Now, the new parking bays would further improve the performance of the airport in view of four new flights being introduced by IndiGo next month. Of them, three flights would be introduced on May 1 and the other on May 15, he said.
What are the chances of Mangaluru being connected to smaller airports like Ballari or Bidar through Udan flights at least once in a week by small aircrafts for tourism?

Ground reality: Airports in smaller towns are bleeding

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Mangalore Internet City - Site Plan

Looks like IT office is of more than 10,000 jobs capacity with building blocks around 20 floors! In addition there is Incubation Centre.
Maximum height of the building will be Ground + 28 floors

If IT offices are also 29 floors then jobs capacity could be even 15,000.

Wonder whether they are trying for SEZ status!

I think Mangalore Internet City, BA Group Thumbe Township, Mohtisham Kannur Township, Goldfinch City together should generate at least 50,000 IT jobs. And Mudipu SEZ, GanjiMatt EPIP, Mangalore Multiproduct SEZ should also generate another 50,000 IT jobs.

I think Mangalore is also suited well for evolving cutting edge technology of subsea or underwater datacenters (2) as it is protected by Karwar Naval base and far way from reach of hostile countries or their naval/air bases. If this is materilized then lot more jobs can be generated in data center services including banking.

IT SEZ in Mangaluru and EPIP in DK

I think it is about existing Mudipu IT SEZ & Ganjimatt EPIP. Nothing new.

Mangaluru MP demands Union IT Minister for IT Park

Mangaluru MP should not forget about election promise of IT Park. He, Mohandas Pai, KV Kamath etc should together visit Ministry of Information Technology and finalize the project. Also demand for 'Pilot project of Underwater Data Center' at Mangalore.

Google is also planning to install data centers on water. Earlier this year, Google patented ships with kites. Google plans to install data centers on these ships. Check this video that shows how these ships work.

Microsoft’s underwater data centers are designed to promote marine life. In fact, Microsoft calls them “artificial reef datacenters”.

It is worth noting that artificial reefs can reduce sea erosion. And help in Marine Pharmacognosy.

Kinfotech Software plot withdrawn by government for slow progress

Let us hope that land will go to a company which is really interested in constructing a IT SEZ.

Women Entrepreneur Park in IT SEZ

So, land meant for IT are getting diverted to other purposes.

Managalore will not have IT Park but will have Common Instrumental Centre

When the parched city already have IT Park why Mangalore should not have one? Is coast is only for stealing water, spoiling with petrochemical, thermal power and desalination plants? What Mangalore MP doing against his election promise of IT Park?

Mangalore to be declared India’s first startup district
Earlier efforts to start IT centres in Mangalore were not very successful as there were several issues at the local level. Mangalore South MLA JR Lobo said there were issues with the urban development department and the city municipal corporation.

“Every time an IT company proposes a shift to the tier-II city or an NRI comes up with an idea of giving back to their home town, these projects are welcomed with great fanfare but are never sanctioned as per their original plans. As a result, they are stuck due to bureaucratic hurdles,” he said.

To address these problems specific to the industry, the lawmaker, who is keen to promote the district, has called all stakeholders on to a common platform next month.

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Mangaluru Smart City Projects

Interestingly lists Marina in 'Retrofitting of 6 tile factories into Hotel, Auditorium, Convention Centre, Museum, Marina with retail and Speciality Restaurants' under Economy & Employment section and 'Water front Marina Develpment' under Open Spaces section. Though Marina is meant as recreational facility what I wonder is whether there is provision for 'multimode transportation' at marina integrating waterways with land trasportation so that travellers can use passenger boats. (There was news that cycling tracks will be developed along Mangala Corniche and so one can travel by rented cycle and boat in future. Hope NIT-K bicycle sharing initiative 'Wheels on Roll' (WOR) may include boat sharing or pooling also in future.) We already know the central government plan for developing Netravati & Gurupura waterways. Both goods and passenger movement are allowed along these waterways, so, I am wondering how this will be integrated to land based transportation network. Further, what I want to know is whether we can develop some of canals (currently gutters) like the one passing through MG Road & Kudroli or the one running parallel to railway track at Pandeshwar for boating? Kochin is already identifying waterways along canals. And Mangaluru can study Kochin project and find out feasibility of implemeting it in Mangalore. Even possible raise in underground water salinity level if sea water flow into canal has to be studied. What I wonder is whether cruise tourists at NMPT directly get into boat and use waterways to visit city in future if immigration department allows it? There is also a possibility of connecting old port to Malpe port and other nearby seaport destinations through boat services. Oldport should also have a big bus terminal with facility to park other vehicles. Anyway buses can move via Mangala Corniche in fututre. I also wonder whether topography allows to connect Adyar with Vamanjoor through a new water canal along proposed Mangala Corniche or somewhere else along some other track! I think Pashchima Vahini project has proposals to interconnect rivers.

By the way open spaces are identified in Smart City Proposal only along river shores. What about others? Aren't we losing more open space for things like 'Redevelopment of Vacant Premises of DC office into Hotel, Retail Shops and Speciality Restaurants' and 'Retrofit of Fish Market'? I think 'Community Level Facilities along with international swimming pool' also means reduction of open space at Emmekere area. And Town Hall is also losing open space in the name of Dining Hall! So let me repeat the question I raised earlier what will be the increase in open space and green space after implementation of smart city project? Wishfully expecting some more builders to come forward to develop new Gardens like Vivenkanada Park at Bejai.

List of Projects of Rs. 100 Crore and above as per SCP
  • Transport, Mobility & Walkability - Widening of Roads - Rs. 150 crores
  • Transport, Mobility & Walkability - Upgradation of Roads with footpaths - Rs. 150 crores
  • Energy Source & Management - Installation of rooftop solar on Govt buildings - Rs. 203.32 crores
  • Waste Water - 100% waste water coverage with SCADA and connecting the waste water to STP for treatment and reuse - Rs. 128.86 crores
  • Underground Wiring - IPDS proposals - Rs. 114.32 crores

The smart city portal SMARTNET also contain some of details of Mangaluru Smart City Project in 'opportunity' section like tenders, jobs.

Multimodal transport , GPS, GIS and surveillance for four Karnataka cities

And a few of challenges to smartness
Low response to e-waste collection in city

Beggars'rehab: Lack of facilities a major setback

26 days on, separate hawking zone fails to attract street vendors
Street vendors stick to footpath
Hawking zone is still unoccupied giving no respite to pedestrians

Water samples in many areas of Mangaluru show fecal contamination
Sewage being directly let into the Netravathiin Thumbe upstream, says Krishna Palemar

Smart city's storm water drains breeding diseases

MCC to re-seek council’s nod for chicken/slaughter waste plant

Mangaluru's ambient air quality takes a beating
Quality of air in Mangaluru is on the brink of danger
High lead content in air in Mangaluru, says study

'Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls'
The research may be important for shaping storm water system design, water resource policy and urban flood management in these regions, researchers said.
The researchers found the frequency of extreme rainfall events in rapidly developing regions, including Nashik, Kanpur, Durgapur and Mangalore, exceeded those in established cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
We can not harvest all rain water. So, need better storm drainage system.

Water Billing: M'luru yet to be 'Smart'

How good is Mangaluru's Disaster Preparedness?

Caring for the Specially Abled - Could not find Mangaluru!

Sewage flows unabated into River Nethravathi here

Highway denuded of trees (for hoardings): Forest department grumpy
Flex hoardings and banners continue to be an eyesore
Banners, hoardings mar city’s beauty

In digital era why do we need hoardings?

Surveyor suspended for ‘helping’ private firm encroach govt. land

We don't know when will the people stop encroaching government lands.
Udayavani articles on Smart City

Some of the articles in the above link talks about need for Voice Information Service in buses and name plates for easy identification of places.

Smart city can have smart sign boards demanded above as per toponymy/typography.

‘Toponymy art helps people understand a place better’

Six smart cities will get Rs. 1,188 cr. in 2017-18, says Governor
Karnataka government has released Rs 776 crore during 2016-17 for the Smart City Mission

Smartcity Start Up
  • 'Mangaluru Smart City Company Limited' a 17 directors (1 from the central government, 2 independent directors, 6 from the state under the district incharge secretary (6+1), mayor, corporation commissioner, 2 legislators, 3 corporators) SPV's registration is under progress for Mangaluru Smart City
  • Rs. 2,000 crores (Rs. 1,707 crores for Area Based Development, Rs. 293 crores for Pan City Development) proposal approved to cover 1,628 acres of Mangaluru City, Hampankatta, Old Port and Car Street
  • Meeting with 8 officers of the World Bank on Feb 3 & 4 in Mangalore for all six cities of Karnataka

World Bank, state govt to host Smart City workshop in Mangaluru
Process to set up SPV for smart city project under way

Korea based experts are also participating. South Korea will be investing in which cities?

Green growth approach must for smart city: World Bank team leader

There is also a need for behavioral change among officials and people's representatives to create a 'Smart Karnataka' without spoiling its environment just to promote a single city.

Smart cities should be built with nature in mind: Experts
Smart Cities: Experts delve into tech-based solutions

Can the government force private bus operators to replace all buses with low floor buses in say 5 years?

South India to benefit from LNG movement through roadways

Does Smart City project include natural gas supply to homes?

PVS Circle to Ladyhill road to be developed as 'smart road'
With Rs 2 crore, Mangaluru City Corporation to turn city’s first concerte road smart
MANGALURU: City's first concrete road from Lady Hill Circle to PVS Junction is all set to go smart. A proposal to this effect was announced in the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) budget presented on Tuesday. The civic body has set aside Rs two crore for the project that draws largely on the concept of TenderSURE roads being implemented om Bengaluru and other cities.

H N Srinivas, superintending engineer and deputy commissioner (development), MCC, said there is no specific blue print devised for the smart road per se. "This is more on the lines of an idea that the city is on the verge of becoming smart under Smart City project. A need was felt to showcase one major road in the city as a smart road with all the facilities to both motorists and the pedestrians with a provision for expansion in future,'' he said.
"We are also in the process of ensuring that the entire road length covered under CCTV surveillance, go in for solar panel-enabled street lights and signal systems that work in accordance with traffic density on the road,"
Smart city funding could see Mangaluru civic body deprived of nagarothana grants

Strange! JNNURM did not have this type of reduction. Why now for Smart City? Anyone can guess the obvious reason by analysing which cities were listed for JNNURM against which cities are listed for Smart cIty.

Smart city SPV by this month-end, says Mayor
Mangaluru is expected to complete the registration process of the SPV under the Companies Act by March-end

The Smart City Challenge Stage 2: Smart City Proposal Mangaluru

Smartcity discourse at Shridevi Engineering College

Smart City work set to start: MLA

Mangaluru civic body makes license for pet dogs mandatory

A detailed smart plan is required for overcoming street dog menace.

Will the heart of Mangaluru become smart?

Mangaluru city getting ready to launch street vending plan

Five e-toilets in the city, 2

Hope e-toilets will not occupy footpaths just like autobays.

Busbays in eleven places

Shifting of bus shelters from road junctions

Would prefer inconvenience to private vehicles rather than inconvenience to bus commuters. For example, busbays at Jyothi circle allow commuters coming from Udupi side to catch buses travelling towards Kasargod just by walking a few steps but people coming from Kasargod side have to walk a lot to catch buses towards Udupi. Creating proper busbays is a better solution rather than shifting of bus shelters from road junctions. A smart city should be designed in favour of people using mass transportation system rather than in favour of people using personal vehicles. (Note: Udupi side means people getting into bus at Ladyhill, MG Road also & similarly Kasargod side means people getting into bus at Kankanady, Bendorewell also.)

By the way, initially I wondered why Mangaluru perceived as 9th safest city: poll. Probably it is because Citizens heap more praise on Mangaluru City Police, Western Range of Karnataka State Police reorganises police beat system. And Mangaluru can become more safe when 75 new CC cameras are installed as part of M-Track project and more importantly used & maintained it properly.

Open drains: Let’s face it, say activists

Sad status. Strange thing is when some of school boys voluteering for Swachch Bharat throwing garbage from road to storm water drain!

Instead of DC's picture MLAs' pictures should have been there.

Dakshina Kannada stands second in terms of number of rooftop solar power units in the State

16.45L 'Hosa Belaku' LED bulbs sold in DK district - stands second in the state

I think on 'per person' count DK stands first in both 'Hosa Belaku' & grid connected solar roof top scheme.

But what happened to 'Smart City' SPV?

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu to review progress of urban sector schemes in Karnataka tomorrow

Whether Mangaluru has got 'investment- worthy' Credit Rating?

Does poor air quality affect auto drivers? If yes, how?

Wadia Techno-Engineering Services Limited as Project Management Consultant (PMC) to get approval in SPV's first meeting today

City’s first four e-toilets ready for commissioning

Mangaluru really needs some help from Artificial Intelligence to find a smart solution to identify alternative space for these toilets occupying footpath. Is it at the end of zebra crossing? If so it will be compromising on pedestrian safety and will be a threat. Let me find out when I go there.

City corporation proposes to build eight more public e-toilets

First Meeting of SPV: The centre releases Rs. 107 crores

Summa: The centre and the state together have released Rs. 214 crores for smart city projet. PMC is approved and will set up office in Mangaluru. Action plan, appointment of engineer, chartered accountant and other officials etc were discussed for area based development, pan city development, health city , port development and other proposals. All these things will be finalized in the second meeting in June. Total Smart city Proposal for area based (old port, hampankatta, car street, Rs. 1707.29 crores) and pan city (Rs. 293.43 crores) developments is of Rs. 2000.72 crores.

Is the health city under discussion is earlier proposal of Kunjathbail? Whether 'Centre of Excellence for Health Informatics' and 'Medical Invest Region' consisting of Mangaluru, Udupi and Bantwal are discussed? Whether smart railway stations discussed?

Mangaluru: Smart city project gets central grant of Rs 107 crore

How does SPV ensure supplier of smart gadgets contribute towards "Make in Mangaluru"?

Karnataka's 10th Central Prison to come up at Mudipu near Mangaluru at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore
The department is in possession of 67.89 acres of land at Mudipu for the central prison project. It will be an all-inclusive facility with provision to hold 1,000 under trials and convicts. "The blue print has provision for automatic doors with spikes at the entrance," he said adding this will be in place if PWD to whom the work has been entrusted is able to procure the same. "If they can't get the same, we will go in for semi-automatic gates and crash barriers," he said.
Whether this is a smart jail with no wifi/mobilephone facilities to prisoners? Whether smart city features like solar electricity, water harvesting included?

Netravati bed is getting polluted

Control on Plastic Usage needed before water conservation

Summa: Plastic waste is polluting wells, lakes and rivers. Carcinogenic chemicals generated by burning of plastic waste are polluting ground water and entering into our body through plant products.

Mangaluru fails to project its ground on cleanliness, ranked 63rd in India, second cleanest in Karnataka
MANGALURU: Cleanliness on the ground no longer matters, projecting it online too matters. Namma Kudla learns this lesson the hard way with its 'netizens' not logging on to the Swachh Survekshan Survey carried out by Ministry of Urban Development.
Major components of the survey totalling 2000 marks saw 900 marks allotted for documentation, 500 for direct observation and 600 for public opinion/participation. Mangaluru totalled 1350 marks (Mysuru 1743) securing 713 for documentation, 307 for direct observation and 330 for public participation.
Mangaluru loses 450 marks straight away as no one downloaded Swachh Survekshan Survey application
Swachh Bharat Sarvekshan ranking slump: City has to buckle up

MCC failed to utilize ADB loan: Rights' activist
MCC's methods come under fire: Works taken up without clearance

Digitization and transparency spirit is going down.

Building promoters told to install sewage plant during construction itself

Seed ball preparation starts in Mangaluru
M'luru: Vikas PU College students learn to make seed balls for afforestation promotion
All of 9, Mangaluru girl is already a green wonder

Street vendors flay Mangaluru civic body for repeated raids
The validity of 208 identity cards issued has since lapsed, he said adding that MCC has not renewed the same. As part of alternative arrangement, the civic body hurriedly inaugurated a vending zone that does not have any facilities, he said adding that MCC while not discharging its duties towards street vending community is continuing to unleash official machinery on them. Demanding that MCC stop this forthwith, he said civic body should renew and issue fresh ID cards.
What are those facilities street vendors are having now on footpath which is not there in identified vending zone?

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Startup Mangaluru

To back startups, govt to set up instrumentation incubators in 5 cities including Mangaluru
Robotics, gaming, aerospace, 3-D printing among priority areas

The Information Technology department will soon set up ‘instrumentation incubators’ to encourage startups in the emerging areas of robotics, nano-technology, 3-D printing, system design and clean technology among others.
Bureaucracy gives wings to Nirmala's thrust for innovation incubation centre in DK
MANGALURU: Has the bureaucracy changed? To a great extent if one goes through this firsthand account of a city-based chartered accountant who hosted one such group in this coastal city in the second week of January. They were on a daylong visit on a direction given by Union Minister of Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who is keen to set up incubation centre in Dakshina Kannada district to support innovative business ideas. Incidentally, Nirmala is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka.

Her team of five came to Mangaluru and were tasked with meeting chartered accountant Giridhar Kamath or entrepreneur Pradeep Pai. Arranging the local contacts for the team here was T V Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education. The whole visit was a closely guarded event and known to few lest it turn into a political or bureaucratic mela, says Giridhar. The team's mission was clear, a quick in and out visit with meetings through the day.

"The brief given to me was - need to meet people, exchange ideas, visit institutions. No need to book any rooms in hotels, will keep our bags in the car, food not particular...," Giridhar stated in a WhatsApp post. "And this is what I saw on the day of their visit. Five young smart men aged 22-30 from the ministry, start-up India and Invest India mission land in Mangaluru. We had breakfast in a small hotel; they didn't allow me to pay the bill, saying we get reimbursed."

He adds: The team had discussions with 18 people from institutions, trade, SSI, software and start-ups. They visited start-ups, had discussions with innovative student entrepreneurs at MIT Manipal incubation centre, director, former head of Udupi municipal council, Pejawar Swamiji and reached airport by 10 pm. All along, they paid the bill collectively or went Dutch. There were no flowers, no speeches, or any freebies sought or given. They meant business.

About his experience, Giridhar told TOI, "I have taken Babus for lunch. But have never seen this before. These men have changed my perception about government officials. I'm impressed." Story does not end there. For those who could not meet this team in person, mail ids and contacts were exchanged and the business went online. If the incubation centre does materialise, it will be due to Mohandas Pai who wants IT/ITeS to find firmer footing here, Giridhar adds.
Hopefully Ministry of Commerce & Industry will show interest in setting up 'School of Commerce' in Mangaluru along with Incubation Centre. For 'School of Logisitics' Mangalore MP may have to contact Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. (Ministry may show more interest in Nagpur as they want to make it Logistics Hub for India but second school may come to Mangalore if Mangalore MP shows enough interest. Nagpuar specializing in Inland Logistics and Mangaluru specializing in Maritime Logistics). Both schools will help in incubation of companies in these sectors.

Startups Club to expand in India, abroad including Mangaluru
MLA Lobo woos Overseas Investors on potentials of Mangaluru to set up IT/BT industries

Bearys Chamber of Commerce inaugurated, leaders hail community
M'luru: Beary Chambers of Commerce holds Entrepreneurship seminar

Third annual convention of International Bunts Welfare Trust on February 7 - Whether there is a possibility of Bunts Chamber of Commerce & Industry encouraging entrepreneurship & startups in the community by building a Smart IT City in Mangalore? I see neither Hindu Chamber of Commerce & Industry nor Dalit Chamber of Commerce & Industry active in Mangalore.

NIT-K students start campus bicycle sharing initiative
Students’ start-up launches food pre-ordering app WayFoo.com

Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu govts. show interest in city’s fish vending machine

Hellodoc launched to provide healthcare in remote villages (This news is from Manipal)

Making engineers industry-ready through NextGen 3D laboratory
St Agnes college gets 'College Excellence' status from UGC

Government plans first startup district with incubators
NEW DELHI: India will soon have its first startup district with incubation centres and about 20 tinkering labs for schools aimed at encouraging the creation of innovative solutions in agriculture, health and education.

Commerce & industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, is keen for the entire cluster to be developed in Mangalore.

The government will fund the effort and ensure that roads, electricity and digital networks are provided for the one of the largest upcoming incubation facilities in the country.

While the cost has not been assessed, a person familiar with the development said, "Government will put all its weight behind it in terms of making resources available. The idea is also to expand the startup drive in cities other than Bengaluru and Hyderabad."

The incubation centres will provide specialised services for sectors including agriculture, medicine and pharma, along with information technology.
Indian government plans first startup district with incubators
ಮಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಮೊದಲ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಟ್ಅಪ್ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಗರಿ?
New feather in cap- Mangaluru to become first start-up district in India soon
Mangaluru first 'Startup District'?

Sectors like agriculture, medicine and pharma, along with information technology, education means we can work on Agricultural or Pharma Robotics or 3D-printing, Marine Robotics can be done under information technology itself. Agriculture means fisheries also. Marine Pharmacognosy under Pharma. Nano-technology has applications in agriculture, medicine and pharma. I think clean technology, offshore technolgy etc are also allowed as there is no bar on sectors as such.

If 'Subsea Data Centre' comes up along with 'Startup District' then start ups who need these services will have cheap facility nearby. If companies like Microsoft, Google, who are developing 'Subsea Data Centers', show interest in investing in the startups incubated here this can happen.

Dakshina Kannada to have country's first startup district
MANGALURU: Dakshina Kannada will have India's first startup district. As per the result of a tem sent by minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman to the district in January, the decision has received approval from department of industrial policy and promotion of the commerce ministry and the NITI Ayog. With the minister dropping sufficient hints to this effect in the ongoing budget session, a formal official announcement to this effect is awaited shortly.

Sources privy to this development told TOI that the district will get 20 Tinkering Laboratories in schools with state-of-the-art hardware such as 3D printers and allied software. To be named Atal Tinkering Laboratories, the programme is being taken up under Atal Innovation Mission and will also see these labs and incubation centres come up in five colleges and two institutions will vie for centre of excellence in a grand challenge that the ministry will announce soon.

Ashok Jhunjunwala, professor, department of electrical engineering from IIT, Chennai who set up the IIT Madras Research Park will handhold the exercise. This will be a three-tiered approach to fostering culture of innovation. Hence, there are schools, colleges and professional/technical institutions lined up for this project in a bottom up pyramid structure approach with focus on agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing and internet of things.

The ministry sources maintained that the team that Nirmala had sent to the city will be visiting Mangaluru once more either this month end or early next month and hold additional discussions with stakeholders to firm up the plan and tie up the loose ends. "This meeting could give a push to certain lacunaes in terms of physical infrastructure that the district faces either in terms of assured power supply and better and enhanced road connectivity," sources stated.

Nirmala Sitharaman, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka has embarked on this move to give thrust for entrepreneurship in the coastal district and its immediate hinterland through the incubation centres. It may be added here that T V Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education facilitated local contacts for the team that visited the city earlier to make a preliminary assessment for the startup project, which TOI reported in these columns on January 28.
So manufacturing and IoT are also included.

Why not have 'Atal Institute of Innovation' or 'Indian Institute of Innovation' or 'National Institute of Innovation' also as a part of 'Atal Innovation Mission' established in Mangaluru? What this institute can do are
  • Keep track of innovations happening in innovation field itself. That is, innovations in incubation centers, innovative data science etc
  • Keep track of innovation happening in various science & technology sectors
  • Keep track of innovations happening in economic, physical, social, institutional, legal, educational, manufacturing etc sectors around the world
  • Keep track of innovative ways in which 'Resident Welfare Associations' (Community-Based Organisations) work
  • Conduct research to discover innovative processes (best practices etc)
  • Educational programmes on innovations, innovation management, incubation center management etc
  • More details in cross quote below
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My wish is a city should not just be a production place (where innovative technology invented somewhere else) but knowledge & innovation place also. So at least in one or two sectors/domains a city should have everything unlike silicon valley model of innovation in that city and production somewhere else. Let me also explain the 'innovation' in smart city context as per my understanding so to make it clear what I am talking about here. A smart city should be innovative not only in its governance & policies but also it should continuously innovate its infrastructures like economical infrastructure so to be in competition with other cities who have built their economical infrastructure in the same domain. A smart city should also have a 'Smart Innovation Plan' (or the country should have a general knowledgebase of innovations happening around the world. Each domain/section/field may have its own innovation center dedicated to study innovations around the world in that particular domain/section/field. For example, we already have many 'Educational Innovations Centers' but we need sophisticated 'Educational Informatics Centers' for more systematized studies and similarly 'Institutional Innovations Centers' & 'Institutional Informatics Centers'. I don't know how much 'Data Analysis' each city is going to do on global data. I don't know whether India is going to have "Urban Informatics Centers' or combined 'Urban-Rural Informatics Systems' addressing various needs like innovation, etc. No idea whether existing SMARTNET can be adapted for this.)(Many of smart cities in their vision statement have mentioned that they want to be innovative. But how they achieve that is not specified anywhere by them). A smart city should know what innovations are happening around the world in social, institutional & governance, economical, legal, physical infrastructures and adapt to it quickly to be a globally competitive city. For example a manufacturing city should be upto date with innovative production techniques to be economically viable though innovative techniques & products are discovered somewhere else. That is what smart city definition of 'innovation'. But what I am aiming is production, innovation in production process, innovation in products and every other kind of innovation is done within same city in its domain. What I wish is most of cities should be knowledge centre for products they manufacture. There may be a few cities which may not become knowledge center for many reasons for example in a high temperature region many of whitecolor professionals may not like to stay or there could be water shortage unable to support huge population for other things except for production. In other words what I am saying is as far as possible a city should be fulfledged knowledge city in its domains/sectors of strength. In addition, a city should also have capacity to come out with its own innovative methods in social, institutional and other infrastructures apart from monitoring and adapting innovations happening across the world.
Anyway 'Subsea Data Centre' can be used for keeping all data.

Apart from this What I wish is whole 'Boat Rapid Transit System' developed in Mangaluru itself. Various components like Passenger Information System, Anti Collision System etc can be developed in Mangaluru itself. We have to develop gadgets needed for easy manoeuvrability of boats near pick up points also. I am not only talking about boat jet bridges (like aerobridge) to connect boats to boat terminals but electronic accessories needed to enable faster piloting and pick up operations. This way we can have 'Made in Mangaluru' product instead of purchasing costlier ones. But Boat services can be introduced without these things initially with slower speeds.

MRPLs Kaushal Vikas Kendra inaugurated
MRPL KVK launch testifies to the same, he said adding that MRPL has got the approval to launch a start-up fund of Rs 10 crores which will be used to support the new ventures/startups of the youth.
Mumbai: Billawa Chamber of Commerce & Industry to launch Mangaluru chapter on Feb 19
Mangaluru: Billawa Chamber of Commerce & Industry opens City Chapter

NRI entrepreneur Ashwath Hegde is helping shoppers go green

Hope in future Mangaloreans will fund indigenous research in Mangaluru also.

What are the possibility of IT-Park, Blueberry Hills being developed as a part of 'Startup District' to encourage IT startups?

Women Entrepreneur Park in Mangaluru

Summa: 30 acres Women Entrepreneur Park will come up in location identified for IT SEZ (81.19), Pajir-Kairangala.

Any idea whether an alternative location will be found for IT SEZ?

Mangaluru student develops iron box that can heat up in just a second
A ‘Make in India’ initiative! Try this unique gas saving oven
This NIT-K researcher gives rural houses pedal power

So integrated solar, biogas, manual electrical power may ensure better electrical supply to rural homes and even at places where there are incessant power cuts.

Team AlphaGears from the MITE won the Platinum prize at KPIT Sparkle 2017 event
10 Incubation Centres are getting ready at MITE

NMAMIT, NIT-K chosen as India's first startup district
He added that innovation centre with incubators will be launched in Nitte Campus in Karkala in two months. The work for the facility is in near completion. New incubation facility will provide students the necessary platform for realizing their ideas like a workspace, comprehensive inventory and ample guidance. ``The government wants to encourage startups to provide innovative solutions for challenges unique to India, especially in education, health, manufacturing, agriculture and infrastructure, and not just be skewed towards developing apps,'' he added.

Apart from it there will be tinkering labs for schools aimed at encouraging the creation of innovative solutions in agriculture, health and education.
In addition, NMAMIT already has been successfully running New Age Incubation Centre. Karnataka Biotechnology & Information Technology Services (KBITS), an autonomous organization established under the department of information technology & biotechnology, Karnataka government, had selected NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte as one of the nine engineering colleges for 'Karnataka New Age Incubation Network'.
Dakishna Kannada takes next step to become startup capital of India

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I opine AJ Shetty Institues which are so close to core city, STPI & proposed IT Park are suited to have a Inter-disciplinary group of medicine & engineering with "Healthcare Innovation/Startup Center" nearby their campus.
I think if AJIET was part of an autonomous university then they could have introduced specialized subjects like biomedical engineering, health informatics, bioinformatics (computational biology), computational medicine, imaging science, etc and helped startups in these domain. Though I don't know how it is possible but I wish AJIET can find a way to colloborate with other universities (including foreign) who already have these subjects in their academic curriculum to introduce these courses. I think this is the best way to exploit the advantage of having medical and engineering college in single campus.

Dept shows the way to dry fish
Drone tech developed for cloud seeding

Research centre launched in Bantakal (Udupi)
A Centre of Excellence for Research in Artificial Intelligence (& machine learning) was inaugurated at the Sri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management (SMVITM) at Bantakal in Udupi district on Wednesday.

The centre is being established in association with Cere Labs Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.
NITK students 'change' the way they 'pay'
3D printer to drones, Vion Martis of SJEC is Mangaluru's young innovator
Sahyadri Team Challengers positioned sixth at SAE International Aero Design West held at Fort Worth Texas, USA

Mangalore University Budget
It reserved Rs. 5 crore for the advanced research centre coming up at Belapu in Udupi district.
Varsity to take over the Centre for Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology (CARRT)

Eyes on Mars, students to fly to US (Manipal)

Mangaluru likely to be the first startup district in the country
Following a discussion with the ministry, the district administration examined two places in Adyar and at Surathkal near to the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK). Speaking to Express, Dr Jagadeesha (Deputy commissioner) said, “It is true that the top ministerial officials from the Union ministry of commerce, on the directions of the Union minister Nirmala Seetharaman, had met me and sought an opinion. As per my conversation with them I understand that Mangalore might get the first startup district tag. But I have not received anything in writing yet”.

Jagadeesha further said, “We are looking at an area of 20,000sqft in the centre of the city which has a social ecosystem for the IT BT professionals. Startup cannot work in isolated areas without social connect. We have two such systems--an incubation centre at STPI in Blueberry Hills behind the A J Hospital and another in Surathkal. But due to the lack of ecosystem and social connect they have not been preferred by the startups”.
What is this social connect? As per earlier news centre wants incubation and tinkering facilities in many colleges and schools around Mangalore. Yes, already existing startups in metro cities for their expansion in tier-II cities may have this type of "social connect" issue but not for student startups. For students continuing in same college as startup should not be an issue. The startup "Deccan Airsports" went from Pandeshwar to MITE campus. Whether "social connect" is better in MITE than Padeshwar (near Forum Mall)? (Read the news above of MITE opening 10 incubation centers in its campus). And Diya system opened it new office in an isolated area of Maryhill. Anyway, as per earlier news NMAMIT innovation building at Nitte is almost getting ready and innovation centre will be launched in another two months. By the way, I hope the state government funded 'Common Instrumental Centre' or 'Instrumentation Incubator Centre', which is different from the central government sponsored 'startup district', may come up in any 20,000 sqft area in the centre of the city. Let us be clear that the project 'Startup District' is for students in colleges & schools and 'Common Instrumental Centre' is for attracting already existing startups in metro cities to tier-II cities. As mentioned in other news already next visit of Commerce & industry ministry delegation is for identifying road connectivity issues (I wish ministry stresses on developing Surathkal-Airport road and SH67 upto Belman so to improve connectivity to Nitte and Manipal) and ensuring continuous power supply to Incubation Centres.

We can turn Mangalore into a vibrant startup district which also help the tier II city grow.
- Priyank Kharge, IT Minister, Karnataka

Good that the the goverment finally wants the tier II city to grow. Whether detailed plan is ready to relocate people from the parched region to Mangaluru so to make Mangaluru population to grow? How much is the population growth target set by the government for Mangaluru? My only condition is I don't want Mangaluru-Udupi urban belt to grow beyond 4 million people. Let remaining relocation may happen across Belgaum-Hubli-Dharwad, Bellary-Davangere-Shimoga, Bijapur-Gulbarga belts according bearing capacity of those belts.

Hope the Central government considers Government College, Mangalore for a tinkering laboratory and upgrade it. This old college is totally neglected by the successive governments for a long time. Hope even Kannada medium schools get tinkering laboratories.

Out of Agriculture, Education, Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors identified for startups I think in Agricultural Informatics & Health Informatics a few institutes are working on in India and others like Education Informatics, Manufacturing Informatics (Engineering Informatics) are not addressed so far. But I have not gone through NIC projects website completely. But my wish is Mangaluru should have startups in Marine/Maritime Informatics also. (Goa has National Institute of Oceanography working on Marine Bioinformatics & Marine Robotics).

Unisys Announces Winners of Eighth Annual Cloud 20/20™ Technical Project Contest
In this year's contest, the project titled Fin Assistantby Arpan Kumar Mishra, Datla Manish Varma, Nabil Silva and Sailesh Sriram from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal,won the first prize (Rs. 2,00,000 cash). Nagashree T S, Nikitha Chowta and Sandhya S from Mangalore Institute of Technology & Engineering, Mangalore, took the second prize (Rs. 1,25,000 cash) for their project titled CO-DI-RA Messenger.
Crap ATM by students aims to incentivize waste management
The founders of the company said that their primary objective was to make India a better place to live. The smart ATM that the students are currently working on will automatically detect the nature of the trash (organic or inorganic) and subsequently store the same in separate compartments. Details of each user will be stored on the radio frequency identification (RFID) card, including the amount of waste he or she has disposed of.
So, whether we will be having garbage ATMs on footpath in place of garbage bins hindering pedestrian movements? Or ATMS will be in commercial complexes? Hope even hazardous & electronics waste are collected separately in ATMs. For mixed waste whether next stage would be a robot segregating waste types in ATM itself? But I think, for mixed waste, more efficient segregation will be done in waste yard by automatic waste sorting machines.

Mangaluru: Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme held at XITC, Assaigoli

Centre to promote use of technical textiles - Mangaluru can have startups in medical, industrial, and agro textiles.

Centre giving priority to research: Minister

Is the minister planning to bring any research institute to undivided DK?

Mangaluru: Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme held at XITC

Manipal scientists discover tools to manage nutrition better

CMFRI’s GIS-based info to step up security at sea
A. P. Dineshbabu, principal scientist at the Mangalore Research Centre of the CMFRI, led a research team of 22 scientists and 85 other members. He said information about the landing centres and operational areas of fishing would be useful in identifying the regions where fishing activities were taking place and also in protecting the lives of fishermen.
Mangaluru: MP Nalin interacts with student interns of APD Foundation
Abdullah A Rehman briefed the visiting parliamentarian about the various projects undertaken by APD Foundation for addressing air pollution and improper solid waste management related issues in Mangaluru. He was provided with up to date briefing on eight strategic research and development projects such as assessing carbon-footprint of public transport, Hasiru Balmatta, Phase Two of PFT, assessment of the impact of air pollution on auto drivers, and growth and expansion model of APD etc.
NITKians device a warning system for railway crossings

'Need to conduct research on medicinal properties of areca'

Whether startup district scheme is of use to develop lab facilities in any college in Puttur itself?

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Mangaluru: Pilikula to be transformed into modern heritage village � MLA Lobo
Suggestions galore to improve coastal tourism
Soon, take a Mangaluru tour on hop-on hop-off tourist bus

Rs. 6 crores for 6 water adventure sports centers in DK, Udupi & UK including Sasihitlu and Panambur
Dakshina Kannada district administration promotes Sasihithlu beach as surfing destination
Beach Surfing dream goes down the drain
DC visits sea erosion affected Sasihithlu beach
Now River Erosion fear at Sasihitlu Beach & Beach is getting ready for 2nd Surfing Event
Action Plan for enhancing beauty of Sasihitlu Beach
Three years on, development of four beaches yet to be taken up

Mangaluru will see the arrival of 60 cruises this year

Manipal College of Dental Sciences to tap dental tourism potential

On health tourism or Health Cruise or Wellness Cruise, it is not clear whether cruise vessels can carry people from countries surrounding Arabian Sea though many patients from countries like Pakistan visit metropolitan cities of India for treatment. Earlier smart city proposal of developing 'Health City' near Kunjathabail was so ideal for receiving patients from both airport and seaport assuming Mangala Corniche road was also developed around Gurupura river. Of course e-visa facility at both seaport and airport are also important to achieve this goal.

Plenty of opportunity for tourism

Aeromodelling competition ‘Aerophilia- 2017’ & 'India's first drone race'
All set for a model fly-by

Lukewarm response to registration of homestays

3D Planetarium getting ready

Whether there is chance of promoting health tourism around Mukka-Padre lake? Even Raheja Waterfront could be a good place to promote health tourism.

Rs. 13.27 crores for Development of four beaches

The following news is on Indian Medical Tourism.

Pharma industry to reach $55 billion in three years, says ASSOCHAM-IITTM study
The study reveals that in the first 6 months of 2016 alone, close to a lakh foreign tourists arrived on a medical visa thereby making it a very lucrative market. The top most countries availing medical visa were Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Republic of Korea and Nigeria.
The majority of the patients coming to India for treatment are from the the Middle East, Africa, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for its expertise in cardiac and orthopaedic procedures, in addition to other specialised areas like neuro-surgeries, cancer treatment and organ transplantation. India is also attracting medical tourists looking for the traditional system of medicine available in India, noted the study.
Holistic medical services in India, such as Unani, Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, and Homeopathic treatments (AYUSH) also serve as a huge attraction.
Since now Mangaluru is connected to New Delhi through Jet Airways there could be a possibility to attract medical tourist if Mangaluru can offer cheaper treatment compared to one available in mega metro cities to nullify flight cost. But how many of patients arrive through rail? Mangaluru should have long distance speed boat or cruise connectivity to Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep etc for two way tourism. Mangalore should also have programmes to attract adventure sailors. These sailors may like to visit islands like Saint Marys and probably Malpe port or old port if they have plans for medical vacation on their way.

Pilikula Nisargadhama to get three hippopotamus

INS Viraat decommissioning: Will Karnaaka bid for Warship Museum

That would be spending Rs.1,000 crores for refurbishing the aircrat carrier. If private investment can be attracted from any undivided DK NRI this is possible. What about converting a part of 13-storey warship as a health & delux hospitality city? Landing helicopter or connecting to high speed boat all are possible.

Pilikula set to witness a green revolution

Mulki: Waste Proble in Surfing Spot Now

Mangaluru start-up to tap into adventure air sports
Hop on to a hot air balloon this weekend for a tour of west coast

Fishing Jetty at Sulthan Battery opens new vista for tourism

Medical tourism: KMC treated 100 international patients in last 10 months
Over the past 10 months, KMC catered to over 100 international patients arriving from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, United Kingdom and the United States.

Apart from providing world class medical assistance, the hospital also has a dedicated specialized team to look into all aspects of patient care management - pre-arrival requirements like VISA, appointments, accommodation, airport pick-up and drop facilities.
Is there any startup dedicated to to provide assitance to international patients & supply patients to hospitals? Then other hospitals can also register with this startup to serve international patients. If such a service available and which enables Mangaluru hospitals to offer economical medical solution compared to the parched city then lot of patient may show interest in getting treated in coastal region than the parched city and by doing this successfully the coast will end up saving a small but a considerable amount of water, which was used for medical treatment, for the people in the parched region.

You can get sports gear on rent at Panambur beach
Paddling away into Karnataka's backwaters

Budget 2017 announcement: National Annual Surfing Festival will be held at Sasihithlu beach in Mangaluru
March 19: Sasihithlu Beach works inauguration
Learn surfing from experts at Tannirbavi from April 2

India's first 3-D Planetarium to open in Mangaluru in Dec
State to go starstruck by 2021
The second planetarium of the state is set to open in December this year at Pilikula Regional Science Centre (PRSC), Mangaluru, which is touted to be the most sophisticated planetarium in the country.

It will be the largest one in the state, equipped with an 18-metre dome, and the only planetarium to have a complete hybrid projector system with the traditional electromechanical/optical as well as the digital 2D and 3D projection capability.

Which means, images cast on the dome screen will not only be sharper but also be capable of giving the spectators a feeling of actually being among the stars, said officials of the Karnataka Science & Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS). The society is the body that supports the department of science and technology (DST) in implementation of its policy initiatives, and is the nodal agency for channelizing funds for science projects and coordinating DST programmes across Karnataka.
Pilikula biological park gets 'Kaveri hippo' from Bannerghatta national park
New Expectations in Beach Tourism
Saihithlu beach: First stage works inaugurated
Life’s A Beach! Feel Sun-n-Fun at Panambur Beach this Summer

Udupi: Malpe beach to get Scuba diving facility soon
Udupi: Malpe beach to get Scuba diving

Whether Mangaluru will also arrange for scuba diving tourist packages in these places like Goa?

Let Mangaluru become hub for Lakshadweep Tourism, 2

Summa: Execution of Rs. 65 crore project is important to improve connectivity between Mangaluru and Lakshadweep. For construction of well equipped jetty and other basic facilities for cargo and cruise ships visit Karnataka government has handed over 8000 square meters at Old Port. (Lakshadweep Cruise). Due to administrative issues project execution is getting delayed. Rs. 65 crore project includes berthing facility for big ships, ferry, tourist lounge, warehouse for goods, concrete road and other facilities. Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports - a society under Lakshadweep administration - is constructing Rs. 20 crores Guest House at Old Port. As Lakshadweep is a restricted zone there is a need to have Lakshadweep Secretariat Office in Mangaluru to get permit to visit it.

Tourism will be developed in four sectors

Summa: The central government wants to develop district for religious, beach, medical and educational tourism. Efforts will be made to include Pilikula under Smart City project.

The central government should declare Bantwal, Mangaluru & Udupi Taluks together as 'Medical Investment Region' or 'Tourism Investment Region' in same manner as PCPIR. In case of religious tourism along with pilgrimmage tourism there is scope for developing spiritual tourism like in the parched region (which is famous for spiritual gurus like Nithyananda, Sri Sri, Chinmaya etc and earning good foriegn exchage through spiritual tourism). Udupi, Moodbidri and Shringeri should be developed as study centres for Dvaitha, Jaina, Advaitha school of philosophies so to produce Spiritual Gurus of international standard in respective schools. As far as combining spiritual tourism with cruise tourism is concerned it depends upon how many of visitors opt for Spiritual Cruise similar to Health Cruise or Wellness Cruise. And also need good Hatha Yoga Gurus.

Mangaluru to host second Indian Open of Surfing in May (26, 27, 28)

Cruise circuits for tourism primarily a states’ job

Is it? How Karnataka government is promoting cruise tourism?

Preparation for forming MCRZ to enhance attraction of coastal regions

Summa: In addition to what is given in this old news - Marine and Coastal Regulation Zone the news states that no state has prepared CRZ map and Karnataka has requested NCSCM, Chennai for preparing CRZ map for its coast and expected to be ready by the end of this year.

‘Kambala Bill will become law soon’

Is there a way to organize Kambala coinciding with 'cruise vacations'? The tourism deparment of Karnataka is promoting startups in tourism sector so hope for startup working on Tourism Informatics also.

Cruise passengers get e-visa on arrival at New Mangalore Port

Mangaluru needs a government art gallery to help budding talent grow
India’s first 3D 8K Planetarium to be ready at Pilikula in October
Dormitory facility to come up at Pilikula
Trial run of musical fountain successful

Australian instructors making waves on the beach

A couple’s crusade: keeping Tulu culture and tradition alive

Soon, you may sail along western coast on the cheap

A southern sojourn: Bored of the usual tourist spots? Explore little-known destinations Bekal, Coorg

Once Highspeed Boat or Seaplane services available tourist packages can also be arranged from Delhi through MIA.

No permanent staff in any of Tourism Deparment posts

Hitech touch to Sasihitlu Surfing Spot: Surfing club and school in 33 acres site

Summa: The state government prepared surfing tourism project to attract tourists to Sasihitlu surfing site. 33 acres land is identified near river estuary and DPR will be prepared within a month elaborating concept plan. Project is also prepared to promote River Cruising in Nandini river.

Will it include Ayurvedic, Naturopathy treatment facilities specially designed for athletes? (Ayurveda for Peak Performance, Athletic Performance Enhancement with Ayurvedic Supplements, Ayurveda & Yoga for Sport)

1,000 pillar Basadi in Moodbidri to get facelift

Online registrations for Indian Open of Surfing begins

Yellow anacondas will be new attractions at Pilikula Zoo

Mangaluru to host Indian Open of Surfing season-II on 26-28 May 2017

Karnataka: Luxury over need? Resorts run Ghats dry

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Can Karnataka government come up with a special scheme exclusively for relocating five or ten lakh people from the parched districts to water abundant coastal areas by generating two to four lakhs of jobs? Special concession should be given to industries generating jobs under this scheme. Let me say again that only people of the parched districts can get employment under this scheme. Yettinahole money can be used for providing concession to industries.


Thumbay new dam ready: Mangaluru to have enough water for summer
Corporation starts impounding water at new vented dam at Thumbe

Mini check dams only solution to solve water woes
Lobo: Desilt lakes to rejuvenate water bodies

NSS volunteers with Alva’s to build weirs across small streams

Moodbidri witnessing a lake revolution
Since lakes are in deep water, math steps in

Like Ramakrishna Mission working on 'Swachch Bharath' we may require missionary zeal to revive lakes in rest of undivided DK.

Mangaluru: Sea-based coastal reservoir can overcome water shortage - Prof T G Sitharam
IISc expert moots sea-based reservoir for Mangaluru’s water woes
Dam inside sea: Water for the state
IISc professor moots plan to save floodwater
Coastal reservoir favoured in city

Though Sitharam highlighted the positive aspects, at a meeting in the city on Tuesday, he had an encounter with his fellow IISc-mate Prof SG Mayya, a critical opponent of Yettinahole project, who said not only the innovative solution is prohibitively expensive, it did not take the aspects of siltation (like in ground level reservoirs) and replenishment of ground level water in a lateritic region where both horizontal and vertical run off was very high.
So, spinning ideas out in a hurry without studying all aspects of project properly.

In earlier Udayavani news, it was 95 tmcft with a cost of Rs. 2,200 crores but now it is 15 tmcft with a cost between Rs 3,000 crores and Rs 3,500 crores. Why within five months cost escalated that much?

Mangaluru is not running out of drinking water as is being said. In fact water is running out of Mangaluru,
That is the reason we require Pashchima Vahini. And we get waterways along with water as a bonus.

However, in case the wall is built inside the ocean the entire length and width of the sea wall will encourage deep sea fishing and would benefit the fishing community enormously.
We don't need deep sea fishing which destroy marine flora and fauna instead we require marine pharmacognosy and Marine Biotech Parks.

Speaking on “Building flood water coastal reservoir in the Arabian Sea” here on Tuesday, the professor said that more than 120 tmcft of flood water ran off to the sea every year from the Netravathi. Of that, 10 tmcft or 15 tmcft of water could be stored by building coastal reservoir and the rest could be let off into the sea as flood water is compulsorily required for nourishing marine life. It could be built through public-private-partnership and it might cost between Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 3,500 crore.
Does the rest mean remaining of (Pashchima Vahini + coastal reservoir) or just coastal reservoir?

He said that Mangaluru required about one tmcft of water annually for a five lakh population. According to him, building a small coastal reservoir just to store one tmcft of water was not viable as it involved pumping of water out from the reservoir during the rainy season to prevent flooding.
Why Mangalore population should remain at 5 lakhs? And Netravati water is not only used by MCC but other regions like Ullal and almost half of DK district including for irrigation. And totally neglected about Pashchima Vahini requirements & other planned industrial requirements.

Just for curiosity, why small reservior requires pumping of water out from the reservoir and why not big one? How does flood water flow out of big reservior into sea without flooding?

To a question, he said that a flexible floating membrane could be fixed to the breakwater to prevent mixing of salt water with fresh flood water.
If it is possible to print solar cells on flexible floating membrane then we can cover entire Pashchima Vahini water zone with it to generate electricity also. But how fishes get oxygen? And I prefer Pashchima Vahini canals to be covered by solar panels with enough height to enable boat movements below.

Still no answers to my earlier questions. Good that non-feasible Tidal Energy is totally forgotten and instead only Wave Energy is discussed. Recently posted High Speed Boat connectivity to Udupi and other neighbouring districts from MIA will be hindered by this project including other impediments listed earlier.

Overall, in my view, the government should first release money for Pashchima Vahini and complete it. If there is still water in the rivers and all preconditions listed in the MIA post above are met then we may start studying feasibility of sea based fresh water reservior or desalination plants for pumping water against gravity.

And still there is no sane voice in the government requesting land for 'School of Economics' in Mangaluru to save the parched districts from the need to supply scarce water to around 5,000 students & staff. Lot of water can be saved by the parched districts if institutes like this one go out of the parched region as these types of institutes attract students & staff from all over Karnataka & India.

Ad-hoc measures may just not be enough to quench thirst of cities

Last year's artificial drought on coastal region was imposed by the state government by not implementing Pashchima Vahini project!

Expert against building desalination plant in city
In addition, after desalination, residues discharged in deep sea would threaten marine life due to high salt content in about one-kilometre radius.
If desalination plant is of 15 tmcft per year capacity then definitely this will happen. But MRPL desalination plant is of only 50 MLD capacity hence side effect will be less. The effect can be further reduced by releasing water in two or three different places.

Meanwhile, opposing building a coastal reservoir in the city, S.G. Mayya, a former professor of applied mechanics and hydraulics, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal, said that it was not feasible as the Arabian Sea was not a bay. The Netravathi carried huge amount of silt during the rainy season and building a reservoir would lead to another environmental issue and it would result in erosion of the coastline. According to Mr. Mayya, land-based water storage was the best alternative to augment water for the future.
Is the Phalguni becoming a sewage drain?

In the mean time the government can release money for initial works on the sewage system so that proposed reservior water if ever built will not get contaminated.

Ban on drilling new borewells lifted

Has the government made ground recharging of rainwater through percolation pits compulsory for these new borewells?

Water storage at Thumbe vented dam: Govt. sanctions Rs. 7 crore compensation
The Chief Executive Officer of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat M.R. Ravi said that the panchayat has plans to construct 1,150 mini vented dams across the district in the next financial year. Each dam would cost Rs. 2.32 lakh. Such dams would help re-charge ground water. He said that the panchayat has plans to dredge and rejuvenate 61 dry water sources (ponds and tanks) in the district under the Kere Sanjeevini programme. Of these, 42 were in Bantwal taluk and the remaining in Mangaluru taluk. This would require Rs. 13.32 crore.
District gears up to tackle water problem
Still unexecuted Pashchimavahini Project

Moodbidri to revive its water bodies
Develop Baggundi lake, Ramanath Rai tells officials

Zilla panchayat members seek recharging of groundwater
Tap water going waste in rivulets, says ZP CEO

Government moots developing new city in KGF to decongest Bengaluru
BENGALURU: Call it an over-ambitious or non-implementable project, the Karnataka government is thinking of developing a new city in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) to decongest Bengaluru. The plan is to relocate at least 20 lakh of the state capital's population to the new city.
To meet the drinking water needs of the city, desalination plants will be set up and sea water from Mangaluru will be brought to KGF through Yettinahole project pipelines.
Looks more like an election promise for 2018! And one main reason for non-implementability is resistantance to move out of core city apart from other more important reasons. In case of Chennai desalinated water is used for Chennai itself not for supplying 750MW delux water for a remote city. The people using this water will not be able to economically compete with Chennai or even Amaravati where river water itself is used. This one looks like a desparate & jealous attempt to vie with Chennai and Amaravati without any vision for the state.

Karnataka has also proposed four desalination plants at a cost of Rs 3,500 crore. These plants will be established in Udupi (Rs 735.30 crore), Mangaluru (Rs 2,533.61 crore), Saligrama (Rs 76.71 crore) and Kundapura ( Rs 154.42 crore) with the joint venture of Israel-based IDE and Vagas of Indian firm.
The capacity of desalination plant goes on increasing as you hear more news! The state want to beat Tamil Nadu in desalination capacity. The parched city politicians not listening to the sane voices which asked it to use wasted rain water available locally in the parched region. The government is really planning to create costly cities of short life which are by design doomed to collapse economically when cheaper alternative are realized! Naturally work which has come to India for its cheap labour will move to the regions which are really cheap. But million dollar question is how much permanent damage these people cause to Karnataka before this thing happens. When the state government is already planning to relocate people why not they relocate migrated coastal people at least back to the coast from where they had migrated? Plenty of land is available in Mangaluru-Udupi belt itself all along State Highway 67. Even Moodubidre-BC Road region has plenty of land.

As far as satellite cities are concerned the parched city can have revolutionary concept of remote satelitte cities in Mangaluru-Udupi, Hubballi-Belagavi, Ballari-Kalaburgi, Davanagere-Shivamogga. By implementing this, in near future, the parched city is going to get laurels for developing new concept of satellite cities and saving Karnataka from colossal environmental & economical disaster. First start filling Mangaluru then Hubli and then others.

One question remains unanswered is despite all these waste ideas when are they going to release money for Pashchima Vahini? I thought the state would have spend at least half of the amount it is planning to spend on desalination plants on Pashchima Vahini for some useful results. Or not releasing money for Pashchima Vahini is a strategy to make the coast also get parched and then go for more desalination plants?

A way to use 11,000 acres of KGF is for solar park and use that energy for vehicles. That will bring down polluation level of the parched city if not the population level. If the IISc professor can come up with a idea like how to store electricity in unused gold mines by using some kind of environmental friendly liquid electrolyte or some kind of underground hydrogen storage then electricity would be available during night also. (For example, saline water of desalination plant is available as electrolyte.) I think instead of thin membrane thick membrane can be used for insulation coating of mine walls. Hope that would keep the professors and the politicians of the parched city busy in the parched region itself from poking their nose into other parts of the state.

If this is solar park is built then we can abandon expansion of UPCL also.

Suvarna Vahini in budget? Paschima Vahini project revived

Paschima Vahini, Soubhagya Sanjeevini, Suvarna Vahini, ...

State govt. announces Rs. 100 crore to Paschima Vahini project
Mangaluru to get desalination plant

Thumbay vented-dam has 4.3 mtrs water; MLA Lobo instructs to dig borewells
Lobo instructs to dig 33 borewells immediately

I think we should use Netravati water before using borewell water as we can not let Netravati water to get evaporated. To avoid sewage water getting into well study of area to understand whether sewage water will get mixed with rain water is important before constructing percolation pits for these borewells.

Paschimavahini: Ivan wants hike in budgetary allocation
Parched Mangaluru to start rationing water from Monday

When the real estate of lobby of the parched city does not like people from migrating from the parched city to water rich regions definitely there are politicians ready to help them by creating artificial water scarcity in water rich regions. Oh Sorry, there is token amount allocated for Suvarna/Pashchima Vahini as assembly election is nearing.

2 nature ponds of Tardolya will be developed @ Rs 50 lac by minor irrigation department
Old ‘kattas’ make a comeback as mini check dams

Water situation looks grim

Many houses in Mangaluru at height have not received water for almost a week. MRPL happens to be the culprit!

Sea Water in Yettinahole Pipe

So, the plan is not for poor people of Kolar but for building a new city for elites. Definitely now, court case againt Yettinahole project can be won easily as the government itself agreed there is no water but it is going ahead just for ruining environment of westernghat to save its face. And next stage of spoiling environment is of DK shore by increasing the salinity level of sea by building desalination plants of huge capacity instead of implementing Pashchima Vahini and relocating some people to DK from the parched region. This is the way for relocation which is more sustainable environmentally and economically. And any judge who understands the importance of sustainable environmental and economical growth will give judgement against Yettinahole project now as goal of employment generation can be easily achieved by relocating people to coast. Let us see whether the judge allows the real estate lobby of the parched city which encroached lakes of the parched city or converted them into gutters will successfully spoil even Mangaluru sea.

We should be aware of fact that in gulf countries sea is becoming more and more saline and as salinity increases output of desalination plant decreases. Anyway for dispersion of salinity & avoid land acquistion offshore plants are preferred option. Otherwise ready to face consequences of dead sea!

I think Mangalore-Udupi, Hubli-Belgaum, Bijapur-Gulbarga, Bellary-Davangere-Shimoga are the four important belts to be developed in Karnataka to decongest the parched city and region around it.

Why IISc is failing to produce quality scientists who can develop projects like this Scientists build solar-powered device to harvest water from dry air?

While ministers visit for photo sessions people of Moodbidri joined hands to secure their water

Govt plans 1,000 check dams to solve water problem in DK

Eight tanks and lakes to get 4 crore: J R Lobo

Bantwal: Netravati River polluted with all sorts of garbage never seen before

Mangaluru: City gets Supreme Court nod to use water from Lakya dam

Zilla panchayat plans water restoration programme in Dakshina Kannada
Ashwani Kumar N K R, Mangaluru, Apr 13, 2017, DHNS:

Each gram panchayat to get five vented dams

To restore the dipping groundwater, the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has come up with ‘Jaladhara’ programme, which aims at construction of a minimum of five vented dams in each gram panchayat.

The step gains significance in the wake of acute water shortage in the district.Speaking to DH, Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr M R Ravi said that the groundwater level in the district is at an alarming rate.

“Puttur taluk, with 95% exploitation rate of groundwater, is the worst. Belthangady and Bantwal taluks, with 68% and 66% respectively, are on the verge of danger. Hence, there is an urgent need to recharge groundwater. Construction of vented dams is an effective way to achieve the same, based on the demographic conditions of the district,” he insisted.

1,150 dams

“Under ‘Jaladhara’, at least five vented dams will be constructed in each gram panchayat. There will be 1,150 vented dams in 230 gram panchayats in the district – 290 vented dams are proposed for Bantwal, 240 for Belthangady, 275 for Mangaluru, 205 for Puttur and 140 for Sullia. A total of 291 crore litres of water can be collected in all the taluks,” the CEO gave a calculation.

“The ‘Jaladhara’ programme has been effective from March 2017 and an estimation has been prepared for 352 works, out of which 210 are in progress. The programme is expected to be completed by March 2018. Further, the programme is linked to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). This is expected to generate 20,000 jobs,” the ZP CEO said, adding that Rs 2.32 to Rs 5 lakh can be utilised for a vented dam and a total of Rs 43 crore of MGNREGA funds will be utilised for the programme.

Development of 139 lakes

Under the second phase of the ‘Kere Sanjeevini’ programme, development of 139 lakes has been planned in various gram panchayats of the drought-affected Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks. The Zilla Panchayat has sent a proposal to the state government seeking approval for the works and also sanction of funds to the tune of Rs 15.82 crore.

“Forty lakes in Mangaluru taluk (including Moodbidri) and 99 lakes in Bantwal will be developed. Funds of Rs 8.17 crore have been estimated for Mangaluru and Rs 15.82 crore for Bantwal. A proposal in this regard has been sent by the Zilla Panchayat to the Principal Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of the Government of Karnataka in February. The funds are expected to the released shortly,” said Dr Ravi.
Industries, urban residents feel the pain, too

Once water-rich, now starved

This is forced starvation as the government neglected region by not implementing Pashchima Vahini.

The hills are far from alive

Maravoor dam starts drinking water supply to 14 villages

Ground water level going down is dangerous for preserving greenery of these villages. All water pits, ponds, tanks which are intentionally filled (if you don't want malaria & mosquito then have fishes in these ponds) should be dug again. Should not forget that underground water is important for trees. Otherwise trees may wither during scorching summer.

Kempu Hole goes dry

KRIDL water plants do not work: ZP member

Storage at Thumbe rises, MCC lifts rationing of water

Guruvayanakere to get a facelift

Krishi Bhagya scheme extended to coastal, Malnad districts
Under the scheme, the farmers receive funds for constructing farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater and for buying pumpsets to lift water from them during dry spells.
Puttur government schools to go green this year & re-charge ground water

Mangaluru: II Phase of ADB project to begin after monsoon - MLA Lobo
Mangaluru, 06 May 2017: ADB has released Rs 715 crore to undertake second phase of works that got to begin soon after monsoon, said MLA J R Lobo, after holding detailed discussion on second phase of works with ADB joint managing director Tanushree.

Addressing media persons, here on Friday, May 5, MLA Lobo said Rs 715 crore has been sanctioned by ADB to undertake drinking water and underground drainage works in city that got to be executed at the earliest.

He also instructed the municipal officers to begin the works wherever no hindrances and if there is a need to go ahead with acquisition of land for the purpose, but that got to be done without any delay.
Transparency sought in execution of ADB projects

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Kerala realty compnanies sees room for `Selfie' homes

’Bhandary Vertica’- the tallest apartment project to be launched on March 19

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Land Transportation: Rail & Hyperloop Transportation

Hyperloop: With two companies showing interest, programme gathers momentum
At an event organised by HO in the capital on Tuesday, the company had put up four potential routes on which Hyperloop could be operated. These include: Delhi to Jaipur to Indore to Mumbai in 80 minutes; Mumbai to Pune to Kolhapur to Hubablli to Tumakuru to Bengaluru to Hosur to Vellore to Sriperumbudur to Chennai in 60 minutes; Mumbai to Mangaluru to Chennai to Hyderabad to Kolkata in 60 minutes; and Bengaluru to Coimbatore to Kochi to Thiruvananthpuram in 40 minutes.

Wonder how Mumbai to Mangaluru to Chennai to Hyderabad to Kolkata in 60 minutes when Delhi to Jaipur to Indore to Mumbai in 80 minutes. Okay, here it is Mumbai to Kolkata happens to be the longest route which will take around 220 minutes and will cover Mangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

As stated earlier Hyperloop Station should be part of 'Multimode High Speed Transportation Hub'. As Hyperloop may not have stops cities like Udupi this is needed to connect Udupi to Hyperloop at high speed through other modes like High Speed Boat.

Mumbai to Chennai in 50 mins: Moving at airline speed with Hyperloop One
If vacuum tubes become reality, travel between Mangaluru and Mumbai in 50 mins!


Light Rail Transit System is required for the city

Finally, Bengaluru-Hassan rail line set for commissioning

Groups seek speedy completion of ongoing rail projects
In South Karnataka, the Railways should take over the Hassan-Bantwal line from Hassan-Mangalore Rail Development Corporation to introduce more passenger trains. The line should be doubled and electrified on priority. A new railway station should be provided near Mangaluru International Airport.
Advocacy groups have suggested that the government announce new rail lines ... Mysuru-Kushalanagar-Mangaluru.
Mangaluru region should be brought under South Western Railway for the overall development of the region, they said.
Southern Railway commissions its 95th railway station at Jokatte
Jokatte Rly. Station to help ease congestion around Mangaluru Jn.

Whether they are going to call this station as Mangaluru North or Mangaluru International Airport Station?

Budget: Line doubling, rail electrification projects get a boost in Karnataka
Patch doubling between Mangaluru Junction and Panambur under Southern Railway got Rs. 92 crore while doubling between Netravathi Cabin and Mangaluru Central (1.5 km) got Rs. 5 crore.
So, Mangaluru misses Worldclass Railway Station.

Funds allocation to add capacity to Mangaluru Central Station
While Rs. 1 lakh [total cost Rs. 6.65 crore] are allocated for the construction of an additional platform at Central, Rs. 5 crore [total cost Rs. 9.46 crore] are set apart for doubling the 1.5-km line between Netravathi Cabin and Central.
Line-doubling sought between Mangaluru Central and Jn.

Electrification of Railway line reaches Mangaluru

New railway station at Jokkatte, close to Mangaluru airport, ready to function
Constructed under an estimated budget of Rs 50 crore, the station is yet to recieve green signal to start functioning.
The brand new railway station is just 4 km away from the airport making Mangaluru the first city in the state to have a railway station close to an airport. Jokatte railway station is the 95th railway station in Palakkad division of Southern Railway. Once this railway station becomes functional, people can have easy access to Mangalore International Airport.
The track doubling work of 5.9 km between Jokatte and Panambur stations along with tunnel work at Kulashekar has now been completed. Earlier, the single track facility from Mangaluru Junction railway station to Panambur was leading to interruptions in railway crossing and delay for passengers. A new road is under construction which will facilitate commuters from Maravoor and KBS Jokatte to access the new railway station.
Finally on track: New Hassan Rail Line to bring closer Bengaluru, Mangaluru
Kerala seeks Karnataka’s help to extend HSR corridor to Mangaluru

Green signal to run electric trains up to Mangaluru
Kudla Express may run on new line
Bengaluru–Hassan line likely to open on March 26

Why not the railway extend Kudla Express to Chennai so to reduce Chennai-Mangalore travel time to about 14 hours?

Multiple KRCL projects launched
Panaji: A loan agreement worth Rs 1,200 crore for track doubling and electrification and IT-enabled train operation system are among the many projects that were inaugurated by Union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu to improve passenger and freight capabilities of the Konkan Railways Corporation Limited (KRCL).

"The control office application of Indian Railways has been implemented on KRCL. It will help in the management of the railway operations. We are already working on bringing the entire railway operations on a digital platform. We are launching a programme called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) under which we are investing Rs 10,000 crore. This will help us monitor the entire railway network in a better way, reduce inefficiency and bring in optimization," Prabhu said.
Prabhu also inaugurated the goods siding project in Thokur, which comes under the proposed Mangaluru special economic zone (MSEZ). Over 300 petrochemical factories are set to come up in the area in addition to the already functioning ONGC Mangaluru Petrochemicals Limited. The goods siding at Thokur station will help solve the problem of lack of proper rail connectivity in the area.
Why not integrate 'Railway Enterprise Resource Planning Informatics' with other modes of 'Transportation Informatics' including all Logistics Informatics. Integration of all modes of transportation will lead to more cost optimized results.

People demand AC chair car in Kudla Express
SWR to propose rerouting of Bengaluru-Karwar trains via Shravanabelagola
10 railway stations including M’luru Jn will get free Wi-Fi

Political will power is missing for formation of Mangaluru Division

Palakkad division moots more passenger amenities at Mangaluru Central

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KMC to deploy IBM Watsons artificial intelligence system for cancer detection

Manipal Varsity signs MoU with trust to run hospital in Kateel

Wenlock will be upgraded as regional hospital: Minister
In addition to this, it will be made autonomous on the lines of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Centre in Bengaluru, to make it a super speciality hospital.”
It requires not less than Rs 120 crore to Rs 130 crore to build a super speciality hospital and the KMC has agreed to invest money. According to the demand, they will have to build a lakh square foot building for surgical services in first phase, followed by restoration of services and renovation of existing wings in the later stages that may take another four years, he said.

Replying to a query over KMC reneging on the conditions earlier, the minister said, “The Law Department will vet any such complaints before taking a final call on continuing with the MoU, as the government has sought a month’s time to arrive at a consensus.” Regarding child care centre, the minister said, “It will be upgraded as regional institute on the lines of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Bengaluru (formerly Victoria Hospital).”
Taking cognisance of long-pending demands at Lady Goschen Hospital, Ramesh Kumar said, “It has been decided to sanction Rs 10 crore in addition to Rs 21 crore being spent by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) on 500 beds maternity care and health building at the hospital, under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds. The building will be in inaugurated on March 23, 2017, on the birth anniversary of socialist leader Rammanohar Lohia.”
NABARD releases Rs. 10 crores for new building of Wenlock Hospital

Mangaluru: AJ Hospital gets govt nod to conduct liver transplants

Heafford Institute For Advanced Care - with 15 floors or 44 meters this will be the tallest hospital building of Mangalore beating KMC, Jyothi. Question is whether they are planning for medical college also?

The 169-year-old hospital receives Rs.10 crore in State Budget
The 169-year-old Wenlock Hospital has received a boost with additional grant of Rs. 10 crore in the State Budget for restoration of the 1,000-bed heritage hospital. It has also received Rs. 3 crore for upgrading its Regional Advanced Paediatric Care Centre (RAPCC) into a Child Health Institute.

The district hospital — which serves patients from Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Hassan, Uttara Kannada and parts of Kerala — had sought Rs. 18 crore from the government for restoring the old building. While it received Rs.5 crore last year, the State government has allocated Rs. 10 crore to it this year.
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The hospital has already received a grant of Rs.10 crore from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for building a new 176-bed three-storeyed super-speciality block. The hospital has allocated Rs.5 crore from its own ‘Raksha Samiti’ fund for this work. Hospital superintendent H.S. Rajeshwaridevi said bids for the work have been invited.

Furthering the assurance of Health Minister Ramesh Kumar to develop the RAPCC on the lines of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced Rs. 3 crore for it. “This grant helps us maintain the building and purchase new equipment,” Dr. Rajeshwaridevi said. This annual grant will help to improve treatment facilities at the RAPCC, she added.

The hospital is now awaiting government clearance of its MoU with Kasturba Medical College to provide service of specialists in lieu of the latter’s use of the former’s facility for clinical experience for students. As part of the MoU, KMC will build a 350-bed surgical complex for Wenlock Hospital.

Super-speciality lab

The city is yet to get a laboratory for detecting communicable diseases as announced in the 2015-16 Budget. It is for detection of all communicable diseases including H1N1, dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Three such labs are presently functioning in Benglauru and Manipal. District Health officials proposed having this laboratory at Wenlock hospital. Nothing has happened so far, officials said.
Karnataka budget gives 165-year-old Wenlock Hospital revamp boost
the hospital would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 10 crore and a regional and more upgraded children health institute will be established in the very same hospital at a cost of Rs 3 crore.
Regarding the upgradation, Dr Rajeshwari said "we sought Rs 18.5 crore to restore and repair the 165-year-old building and Rs 3 crore annually for the Regional Advanced Pediatric Care Centre (RAPCC), attached to the hospital for equipment and maintenance." "We want to develop the 200-bed RAPCC as Child Health Institute on the lines Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru,'' she said, adding the government had sanctioned Rs 5 crore for Wenlock Hospital repairs.

Health minister K R Ramesh Kumar, when he had visited Wenlock recently, had also endorsed the view of the authorities saying the major government hospital that offers free treatment to patients from more than 10 districts needs to be upgraded by providing more infrastructure and introducing specialty wings.

Apart from what CM announced, the government has already sanctioned Rs 9.70 crore under Nabard Scheme to construct a three storied building for a 126 bed block for Wenlock Hospital.
Malaria Check: Mangaluru Model Effective

Hope the government will integrate Malaria Control System with e-Hospital system by developing an Unified Hospital Interface. Similarly we can extend the system to track other infectious diseases. In other words I am asking for sophisticated Disease Informatics/Public health informatics system aiming at fully fledged Health informatics system.

Mangaluru: Delta Eye Hospital inaugurated in city

ZP CEO seeks eye bank at Wenlock hospital

I don't know when are we going to have bioengineered eyes. But I am quite sure that Mangaluru should be the first place for bioengineered eye regeneration!

Govt. Lady Goschen’s new block not ready even as another deadline ends

Mangaluru's KMC Hospital performs first liver transplant

Rs. 15 crores Superspeciality Block to Wenlock

Ayush hospital with a capacity of 50 beds at Mangalore

Apollo Hospitals - Super Speciality Hospital (Mangalore) Project

Crowd-funding sought for animal welfare hospital

Mangaluru: AJ Hospital bags prestigious Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award

Mangaluru: Landmark Infratech's state-of-the-art 'Falnir Health Centre' inaugurated

DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel venturing to start 100 generic medicine centres in the district
"A MoU has already been signed with Mathrbhoomi Sauharda Sahakri Niyamitha in this regard and they have already started five centres to their credit,"
Union government has provided Rs. 10 crores for the improvement of the Lady Goshchen Hospital

Mangaluru: A J Hospital to conduct 'Soundarya' cosmetic surgery camp from May 1 to 15
The plastic surgery department of A J Hospital & Research Centre, headed by Dr Dinesh Kadam has been conducting various cosmetic surgery procedures for the past 13 years in addition to the microvascular reconstructive surgeries. Hundreds of individuals from this region and abroad have undergone such procedures successfully.
World Malaria Day: Statistics indicate dip in Mangaluru cases

Sheetal Healthcare and edu guidance centres to be inaugurated

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Rs. 50 crores first phase of total Rs. 130 crores Surathkal Market works launched
MCC will open zonal office at Surathkal tomorrow

Rs. 121 crores works using premiun FAR

Karnataka budget 2017: Siddaramaiah announces sops for Dakshina Kannada, Udupi
In a bid to assuage hurt feelings of people of DK district on account of implementation of Yettinahole project and lack of major irrigation schemes, CM announced construction of vented dams under "Paschima Vahini" project and allocated Rs 100 crore for it. The district Wenlock Hospital here will be upgraded at a cost of Rs 10 crores and a regional and higher children health institute will be established in the very same hospital at a cost of Rs 3 crore.
Giving a fillip to local infrastructure, the government has set aside Rs 50 crore for development of 2.50-kms road on Mangaluru-Athradi State Highway connecting Mangalore International Airport (MIA) at Kenjar. The government has also expressed its intent to submit a proposal to GoI for the expansion of runway at MIA including acquisition of 286 acres of land, CM said while assuring that the state government will provide necessary facilities for this much touted project.
Just Rs. 100 crores for Paschima Vahini? What about money for land acquisition for 7 meters Tumbe dam?

Does 2.50 kms highway includes bridge across Phalguni?

Kadaba, Moodbidri declared taluks for second time; Udupi will now have three more taluks
Rs 6 Crore for Underground Cable in Mangaluru – MLA J R Lobo
But now the underground cabling has been taken up as it is felt that underground cables will be much safer than overhead cables. In the first phase underground cabling is being taken up from Karavali Circle covering Bendoorewell, Hampankatta till A B Shetty Circle.
True & False. Underground cable are not safe if roads are dug again and again. To ensure safety GIS map of cable location should be available to the person who is digging road. I don't know how much GIS tools are used in Mangaluru for drainage, water pipeline, telephone cable, etc.

Musical fountain to retell history of erstwhile South Kanara district

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NMPT registers 15% rise in cargo throughput
New Mangalore Port handles record traffic of 39.94MT during fiscal 2016-17

Following abbreviations are used below
BRTS - Boat/Bus Rapid Transit System
HSB - Highspeed Boat
HSR - Highspeed Rail
MIA - Mangalore International Airport
TOD - Transit Oriented Development
Mangalore International Airport should be developed as a 'Highspeed Multimode Transportation Hub' connecting airline services with highspeed rail services and highspeed boat services (1). For this MIA terminal has to be connected with HSR terminal and Highspeed Boat terminal through a common elevator or escalator. HSR & Metro terminal can be underground inside the hill. Both terminals should be connected to HSB terminal on Gurupura river through elevator. HSB terminal should provide HSB services to seaports in neighbouring districts. The boats can have a pick up point at Oldport so to have good frequency of HSB services. The good frequency should enable HSB timings to match with arrival and departure time of aeroplanes. I don't know whether current bridges on proposed waterways support easy movements of cargoes and HSBs. But new bridges including one proposed at Sultan Battery should have enough height and gap between pillars to support easier movements.

'Boat Rapid Transit System' can also be developed along Netravati & Phalguni rivers for public transportation and to promote tourism. (can we abbreviate it as BRTS?, 1) For this there should be 'Multimode Transportation Terminals' on both banks of the rivers. (Marinas could also be passenger boat terminals). Better to have Bus terminals on land side of Mangala Corniche connected to Boat Terminals through 'pedestrian subways' and there could also be busbays on river side for buses moving on river side of Mangala Corniche road. (Even Metro/LRTS station can be integrated say at old port if track is running till that point). The banks on the other sides of the rivers can also have similar arrangement. Bus terminals should have parking facilities for bicycles, autorickshaws, taxis and other vehicles. Busbays can also have limited parking arrangement for bicycles, autorickshaws. It would be interesting to research on how to design the movements of boats so that both banks of the rivers are covered. One possible way is zigzag movements of boats to boat terminals on both banks placed in zigzag manner. In addition, there could be boats tranporting on single bank only. Of course we should not forget to connect this BRTS to HSB Terminal at airport and old port and even NMPT if port authorities allow. NMPT Boat terminal can be outside port area near South Gate or North Gate so that people can commence towards cruise terminal easily and buses running from here can further connect to industrial areas around NMPT. The South Gate boat terminal can be on Phalguni river itself. Since dense development is only along NH66 & NH75; BTRS can be developed along Mangala Corniche side of the rivers in the first phase. And similar boat services can be there all along sea shore apart from High Speed Boat Services which have limited stops for enabling MIA HS (Mangalore International Airport High Speed) connectivity. Small ports on rivers can be used as halting points for BRTS along seashore. Crucial element for success of BRTS or HSB services is how easy it is to manoeuvre boats to & from pick up points. One more disadvantage could be how much this system will interfere with other activities in the rivers and the sea whether it is fisheries or other tourism related activities like boat based recreational or adventure sports activities. And how system is affected by floods is also be studied and mitigation measures should be incorporated. As per Transit Oriented Development (TOD) guidelines denser developments can be allowed around these 'Multimode Transport Terminals' if CRZ rules allow. Relevent news - Gadkari seeks Belgian companies participation in Sagarmala (in the areas of coastal shipping, inland water transport, cruise, ...).

There may be a need for waterproof underground water canal to reach exact spot below the hill so that MIA, HSR, HSB terminals can be connected by a single lift. (approximately 400m open + 400m underground + ?m turning length). Boats can either move in reverse direction to come out or else canal should have a turning area. Or else it could be a curved canal with entry and exit points at river in different points. But in first phase, we can just have shuttle service from MIA terminal to a temporary HSB terminal on river bank. To give priority to HSBs BRTS terminal can be outside to avoid congestion inside the underground water canal but should have a walkway by the side of canal to reach lift. Anyway walkways are always useful in case of emergencies. But BRTS terminal can be brought as close to underground canal by having enough width in open canal area of BRTS terminal for manoeuvring boats. In any case if we don't want underground part of canal we can just have walkway. But just imagine landing on table top airport, getting to bottom of hill by lift, travelling through underground water canal, then river, then sea, what an exciting experience for a visitor! And possibility of check-in/check-out at Malpe, Kundapur, Bhatkal, Kasargod!

Check also 'Smart Mangaluru' post above for Marina & passenger boat services.

Suppose 'Boat Rapid Transit System' connect main city and airport with Amblamogru-Pandeswara-Harekala area then how easy to develop non-agriculture land in this area as health city or Marine Biotech Park or IT SEZ if enough land is available? This area can even be considered for institutes mentioned in MIA post. We can even extend connectivity by constructing canal.

Maritime Board formation will add favour to city development

Summa: Maritime Board Bill is pending for presidential signature for last five years. Will help in development of small ports and creation of inland waterways in coastal Karnataka. Renovation of Old Mangaluru Port, which is identified for Smart City project will get much needed boost.

High Speed Boat (HSB) services from MIA airport to mini seaports along with underground canal, Boat Rapid Transit system (BRTS) along Mangala Corniche may also be implemented by Maritime Board. But question is, who will provide lift connectivity from HSB terminal to MIA terminal?

Maritime Board can also encourage tourism activities like long distance sail boats etc by developing islands which international sailors may like to visit.

Does Mangalore MP know the reasons for which Maritime Board Bill is pending with the central government? Does he at least know that there is something called Maritime Board Bill? (He is going on promising on Agricultural Zone, Coconut Park, Plastics Park, etc. He might have totally forgotten about 2014 Lokasabha election promise of IT Park. As far as Plastics Park is concerned main focus of Plastics Park should be 'Medical Devices' to support 'Medical Tourism' Industry. Plastics Park for other material for use in hinterland can come up in Hassan.)

For airport highspeed boat connectivity if Kalmadi-Nittur-Kalsanka gutter is developed as a canal then speed boat can even enter inside Udupi city.

Mangaluru facility would be Concor’s second inland container depot in the State
With a view to expand containerised traffic between coast and hinterland, the Container Corporation of India (Concor) has acquired the infrastructure of KIOCL located at the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT).
Besides the railway siding, Concor would also get about 47,000 sq m adjacent NMPT land to provide a warehousing facility.
Commenting on linking the airports with waterways, he said that “We want to examine the possibility of linking the airports with waterways.”

“Once a tourist arrives in Goa, he can be taken through a cable car to the waterways from there he can be travel to his hotel,” he said adding the state government is examining the feasibility of connecting the Mopa airport through waterways, like the way Venice Marco Polo Airport in Italy is connected with waterways.
But for Mangalore Airport as I wrote above let it be lift and underground canal so to have highspeed connectivity to neighbouring districts. The goal should be to Highspeed Network with Multi-Mode Highspeed Hubs. For example, Goa Airport should be not only connected to hotels by waterways but neighbouring cities like Karwar, Gokarna, Malvan etc through highspeed boats. If Goa is not interested then MIA itself can provide HSB services to Murudeshwara, Gokarna etc. Apart from passenger boats there could be rented or chartered boat services also. Tourist packeges can include visit to Tonse-Par & Netrani islands. Why not Mangaluru MP request the Transportation Minister for an HSB tunnel pilot project for Mangaluru just like Hyperloop tunnel project for Nagpur. He has to remind the minister that Mangaluru is considered as Nagpur of South India!

If Makeover for Mumbai waterfront (Mumbai to get building taller than Burj Khalifa, road bigger than Marine Drive) allows supertalls near sea then there should not be much problem in allowing TOD along CRZ.

Goa is acting fast while Mangaluru MLAs are sleeping - Goa Tourism Development Corporation Board has proposed to buy high-speed boats of 30-40 seats to provide waterway as a mode of transport for people from the hinterlands to travel to Panaji, Margao and Vasco.

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