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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?

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 materials & equipments and dental treatment for cruise tourists. But better to declare as 'Dental 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.

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Land & Water Transportation

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.


NMPT registers 15% rise in cargo throughput

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.

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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

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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 bigway. 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!

MIA 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.

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. 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, Bhakal, Kasargod!

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

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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.

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Smart Mangaluru

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

'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!

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,"

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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
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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

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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

'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 Terminal 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 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 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 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, ...).

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.

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

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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

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