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B'luru rain wreaks havoc in M'luru veggie markets

What we need is 'Pashchima Vahini' to grow vegetables locally instead of importing vegetables. I have already posted that to decrease traffic across westernghats, hence to curb ever increasing need for expanding roads or railways, we have to reduce requirements of transportation. There are a few ways to do this. Let me summarize them again.
  • Local production - Grow vegetables and grains locally. Manufacture FMCG goods locally from locally available resources. And more & more use of local agricultural products and manufactured goods.
  • Distributed administration - Karnataka has identified need for more districts & taluks. But the country has not identified need for more states. The traffic to the state's capital city can be reduced by creating more capitals. with this more stress & encouragement to federal administration will even reduce the burden on country's capital.
  • Digitization can help in reducing need to travel to the capital city.
  • Reverse migration - Imagine we create enough job opportunities to the people migrated (15 lakhs approximately as per my guestimation - considering not only IT industry but others like film/entertainment, banking, hospitality etc) from the coastal region to the parched city and encourage them to come back. That will reduce the need for travel to meet relatives. But a side effect may be reduced air travel which may be considered as bad by economists but environmentalists don't have objections.

Tulu outfit set to observe Black Day on November 1

Apart from economical and ecological sustainability smaller states can contribute a lot towards sustainability of local culture & linguistic diversity.

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Startup Kudla: Education, Research & Innovations

Look at Mangaluru MP. He is showing least interest in developing Mulki as 'Marine Knowledge City'. If Mulki was in the parched city would he have treated it in the same way? I have already posted importance of bringing a 100 acres branch of NIOT to Mulki. I want to post a lot of things on NIOT and marine researches so that India is benefitted but our local politicians are least interested in development of India. Why we have elected such type of politicians? Has Mangaluru MP at least fixed a day for laying foundation for Petroleum/Petrochemicals University?

Actually mistake is of 'TuluAppe' (तुलुअप्पे)! After giving birth to a great statesman like Srinivas Mallya she has stopped giving birth to any ferocious politicians. Gone are the days she produced brave leaders like Kotti-Chennayya, Tulunada Siri, Rani Abbakka, Martyrs of Bikarnakatta, Attavara Yellappa, Karnad Sadashiva Rao. Look at the kind of politicians produced by Tulunadu is recent times. It produced two useless chief ministers. One ran away from Tulunadu after being defeated in election without introspecting why he was defeated, why he did not contribute much towards growth of Tulunadu when he was chief minister and what he can do to regain Tuluvas confidence back. Other one was worst, ran away being afraid of defeat in an election itself! One of them may be showing a little bit interest now as he is interested in launching his son from Tulunadu & hope he will serve Tulunadu now at least in a better way! Other one anyway may lose his ministerial post soon and then only can realize that a person who can not serve his place of birth can not serve country also.

Dakshina Kannada to get two educational training institutes
The Union government has sanctioned two educational training institutes to Dakshina Kannada — an entrepreneurship training centre and a branch of Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology. This was announced by Union Minister of State for Skill Development Ananthkumar Hegde on Monday.
DK will get CIPET along with plastic park: Min

Mangaloreans, finally we may expect at least one 'Achche Din'. Depends upon whether Mangaluru MP request Prime Minister to come and lay foundation for NIELIT, CIPET and 'Petroleum University', all together in a single day!

Each district should have Ayurveda hospital: PM Modi

But my preference is for 'National Institute of Siddha' in Mangaluru.

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Symposium on architecture today
Any local Architecture College is involved in "Urban Planning" process of Mangaluru Smart City? We have to involve colleges in AMRUT projects also. And local colleges should also work on IOT solutions for smart cities.
Wish at least one college of Tulunadu teaches both architectural informatics {2} and urban informatics {2} to students. What is important is to develop competency also in 'Computational Architecture', 'Computational Urban Planning' and 'Computational Spatial Science'.

Polar research: MIT professor to be part of expedition to Antarctica

DK college all set to create its own nano satellite soon
Dattatreya, dean and senior professor (planning), department of electronics and communication, Alva's Engineering College, told TOI that the main intention of creating the nano satellite is to find a solution to the core issues concerning the district.

"We are mainly focussing on soil fertility and what crops could be grown here and the availability of groundwater. Usually, farmers here try to cultivate crops without knowing about the quality of the soil and other aspects and burn their hands. We are coming up with a solution to such issues through the proposed satellite. We also intend to study the Western Ghats and the amount of deforestation," he said.
What is next after Polar Research, Mars Rover, Nano Satelliets? Most important thing for me is development of indigenous medical devices!

M'lore varsity to use NFC-enabled marks cards to check forgery Meghana Choukkar
3 new PG courses in Dayananda Pai-Sathish Pai Government First Grade College

KS Hegde Medical Academy Workshop on geo info, public health
KS Hegde Academy bags Global Partner Award from University of Minnesota, USA

Medical professionals urged to engage in clinical research

A few of websites related to startups in Mangalore.

'Mangalore Angels' is inactive for a long time.
Seminar on food science

CDE programme on updates of Endodontics held at Nitte University

How many dentists of Tulunadu are working on regenerative endodontics?

Progressive farmers to visit Isreal for Agricultural Studies

How about setting up an 'Indo-Israel Advanced Agriculture Study Center' in Puttur or Konaje?

NPTEL Awareness Workshops at MITE on October 28, 2017

Saint ALoysius Skill Development Centre inaugurated

Without a strong team of 'Material Scientists & Engineers' all innovations are just assembling works.

Lectures on trends in botanical sciences from today
They would speak on plant sciences, including biodiversity, conservation, tissue culture, biotechnology, ethnobotany, biofertilisers and drug discovery from natural sources.
Technological innovation must to maintain food safety standards, says PS Maiya

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Now we have a Mangaluru based college with a programme to develop its own indigenous satellites. So, any startup in Mangaluru want to try on satellite for traffic violation detection in addition to other means? {1}
How about developing 'Water Traffic Control System' integrating all types of water transportation including for 'Boat Rapid Transit System'? In case of seaplane issue would be handing over to/from 'Water Traffic Control System' from/to 'Air Traffic Control System' during landing and takeoff on/from water if highspeed boats or other watercrafts operate in same area. After integrating all modes we can call it 'Multi-mode Traffic Control System'.

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Make in Kudla

Rs. 1,000 crores 190 acres Plastic Park sanctioned to Mangaluru to employ 30,000
'Centre to sanction plastic park soon'
About 36 companies have already shown a keen interest in setting up the firm in the plastic park.
Resolution opposing land acquisition passed - against laying the natural gas pipeline of the GAIL

Fumzas new cruise passenger boat tested for seaworthiness

When will Mangaluru launch its first amphibious boat?

Narendra Modi Cabinet approves biggest ever highway development plan worth Rs 7 lakh crore
The official said the highway projects approved also include economic corridor developments aimed at the faster movement of cargo.

The government had earlier planned to develop economic corridors with a length of about 21,000 kilometres besides 14,000 kilometres of feeder routes. The corridors included Mumbai-Cochin-Kanyakumari, Bengaluru-Mangaluru, Hyderabad-Panaji and Sambalpur-Ranchi, to name a few.
Does that mean both NH-66 & NH-75 are economic corridors?

Mangaluru-Raichur (461 km) will be an Economic Corridor

I doubt this. I think Mangaluru-Shivamogga-Davanagere-Ballari-Raichur road will be upgraded as a proper fourlane road excluding westernghat stretch.

MCFL Q2 net profit up 34%, co to invest Rs 600 cr in new plant

U.S. Consul engages entrepreneurs ahead of GES

HPCL to acquire MRPL in share-swap deal

Indian JBF targets commercial volume at Mangalore PTA plant by end of March 2018

A seafood park at Mangaluru is in conceptualisation stage
The state has eight food parks in Dakshina Kannada ...
Where is food park of Dakshina Kannada located?

National vendor development programme from Nov 7

I had totally forgotten about HAL presence in Kasargod. Whether Kerala is interested in developing Kasargod for aerospace including seaplane?

Work Plan is needed for exploring Industrial Opportunities

Good that meeting on IT opportunities was held in gulf countries. There are a lot of ICT related stuffs Mangalore can do in Gulf Countries as I posted earlier. What we need is an expert team in Building Automation & Home Informatics. Mangalore can come up with its own ICT network conecting all engineering colleges including AIMIT similar to SCCN or NAIN to build educational infrastructure to create man power to serve Gulf countries in Home Automation sector. (check the end of post #352 below) Let me also add this to the next post on Analytics (Artificial Intelligence) educational infrastructure requirements. I don't know why the central or the state government didn't think of ICT network for startup coast engineering colleges or at least include a college in SCCN! Though Incubation Centre in Mangalore can be used there is nothing like learning at college campus by automating entire campus.

Syngene site in Mangalore is being mobilised and expected to start construction shortly

MSEZ industries have improved local economy: Mangaluru MP

Not enough without IIPE, NIPER. Why Mangaluru MP is now silent on NIELIT? IT Park will get requisite boost once these research institutes are established in Mangaluru.

Ample opportunities for investors in DK, Udupi: MP
He said the Centre is contemplating on setting up a plastic park on a 300-acre land at Ganjimutt in Mangaluru. The park will come up using the raw materials from MRPL.

In his presidential address, MLA J R Lobo said that a sum of Rs 2,500 crore has been sanctioned for various development works in Mangaluru. Priority will be given for infrastructure development.
Will CIPET be located nearby Plastic Park? That would be most useful for mutual interaction between industries, experts & students.

183rd SEAC Meeting
Once the industrial plots are completely sold expected establishments are interlinked/interdependent projects such as Garment Industries, IT/BT & Electronics, Agro Based Industries, Pharmaceutical Industries and general industries.
Wish for Medical/Hospital Garments, Medical Textiles/Fabrics, Medical IT/BT & Electronics industries in Mangaluru. Wonder how many Additive Industries especially for medical applications, Nano Industries especially for medical applications, Technical Textile Industries especially Biotextile Industries will come in Ganjimutt.

Ganjimutt Plastic Park: Site Inspection

While inspecting the site for 'Plastic Park' suppose a coconut park is discovered then whether we are going to have 'Coconut Park' there or not?

Here is the list of parks proposed in Mangalore so far - Apparels Park, Textile Park, IT Park, Plastic Park, Pharmaceuticals Park, Marine Biotech Park, Food Park, Coconut Park, Seafood Park, Electronics Manufacturing Hub. I think there was a proposal for Machine Tools Park also. And then a Rubber Plant was proposed in Sullia.

KIOCL achieves 344% higher pellet production at 1.06 mt in H1

MRPL Q2 net profit jumps to Rs. 477.95 crore

If MRPL spends Rs. 200 crores every year then Mangaluru will have a world class IIPE in another five years.

Develop phase 2 of Bykampady Industrial Area: KCCI
KCCI President Vathika Pai said that the chamber will urge the State government to develop phase 2 of Bykampady Industrial Area in the Jesco land.

Briefing reporters here on Wednesday, she said that making smaller plots of the two acre and one acre would help in supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region.

There is a huge demand for industrial lands at Bykampady because of the proximity to the port and NH 66. There is a lot of demand for smaller plots from SMEs who are paying exorbitant rent, rendering their units unviable. A single window clearance facility to support entrepreneurs would help the upcoming SMEs in the region, she said.

About 348 acre land is available in Bykampady. If the KIADB distributes at least half of the land, then it would benefit the SMEs in the region, she felt.

She said that Bykampady Township Authority proposal is ready and would be submitted to the state government shortly.

Vathika said that KCCI will continue to represent to the authorities concerned to shift the CRZ headquarters to Mangaluru instead of Bengaluru. "Its presence in this coastal area is what is required and not in a city which has no coastline at all," she said.
Even MRPL, MCF, KIOCL headquarters should be shifted to Mangaluru.

iPizza all set to melt in to hearts of ice-cream connoisseurs
Ideal Ice-Cream scoops up 8 medals in season six of Great Indian Ice-Cream Contest
Hangyo bags six national awards for best ice cream

Meet Mangala's Man of Multi-apps Maha-Machines
Highspeed boat delivered to coastguard by BDIL
Baikampady Industrial Area: Expecting 2nd stage development

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Jappinamogaru to be upgraded as international tourist spot – MLA J R Lobo

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Near Leewell breakwater point there is a tile factory. I wish out of six unused tile factories those would be converted as restaurants and museums under smart city project this would be one. ... There are also temples specially those of local Tulunadu Gods (Spirits or Daiva & Bhoota) around Leewell area, these & the rituals of these temples could be of tourist interest. There should be an open theatre (similar to one in Attavar Katte) or amphitheatre between Mangaladevi and Leewell breakwater zone with regular short duration shows of Yakshagana, Gombeyata and other cultural art forms of Tulunadu. I can even visualize a platform at the end of breakwater with estuary as background and seating arrangement on river bank.
Uttara Kannada seems to be much ahead of DK & Udupi in exploiting traditional theatre & folk arts to promote tourism. Read Karnataka: Yakshagana by the beach

Mangaluru set to host lagori championship for adults

Dubai-based certified PADI instructor Ranjith Punja will soon be curating diving holidays on the west coast stretching from Karwar to Mangaluru

Mangaluru’s heritage buildings now a destination for moviemakers

Major reprieve to Kambala lovers - SC refuses stay against ordinance
Kambala season to begin on Saturday

18% GST on homestays hurts district's tourism prospects

Fashion show for buffaloes in December
Kambala's cruel? PETA says it with pictures

KCCI seeks Karavali tourism development authority

Whether Yakshagana Academy is now located in Mangaluru or Udupi?

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Air Transportation

IndiGo to start ATR flights in its existing network of including Mangalore from December 21
IndiGo to launch Hyderabad - Mangaluru - Hyderabad direct flight
IndiGo to connect Tirupati with Mangaluru
Mangaluru airport to showcase Tulunadu art, culture soon
Air India Express to start Sharjah flight from city on every Tuesday

Air India Express will operate its weekly flight service between Mangaluru and Sharjah from October 31

Reproposal for Padubidri International Airport

Summa: Airports Authority of India has proposed to the state government to suggest a new site for international airport. The study is going on at the chief secretary level to build new airport at Padubidri.

Irrespective of whether both NH-66 & NH-75 are Economic Corridors coastal Karnataka will have only one 'Mangalore Coastal Economic Zone' for all its domains of excellence like petrochemicals, marine, healthcare, tourism including medical tourism, agriculture & food processing etc. And it is becoming more & more certain that Padubidri is going to be international airport for this economic zone. So, let us start building knowledge cities for all 'domains of excellences' of 'Mangalore CEZ' around Padubidri including 'Karnad Sadashiva Rao Marine Knowledge City' at Mulki. Of course for 'agriculture & food processing knowledge city' Puttur may also be considered.

KSRTC to deploy volvo bus services between Bhatkal to Mangaluru Airport

Rising passenger traffic: AAI plans Rs 4,200-cr new terminals at 7 airports

Why don't the government decide whether to expand MIA or go for Padubidri airport immediately?

KCCI wants bilateral agreements for more international flights to Mangaluru

IndiGo plans to start its first ATR flight--Hyderabad-Mangalore--on December 21

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Water Transportation

Blueprint for modernisation of ports ready, says Gadkari
NMPT Upgradation: Blueprint is getting ready
New Mangalore Port to witness sea of change with heavy investment

Whether 'Maravoor Smart City' is included in the blueprint?

Lobo to hold meet with Lakshadweep authorities on trade today
The MLA in a communique here stated that apart from wooing Lakshadweep authorities to restore trade ties, an appeal will be made to the island administration to construct a dedicated jetty at the harbour for the island trade at a cost of Rs 70 crore. The jetty on completion will be an exclusive facility for traders here to transport goods and commodities to that island and an appeal will be made to the island authorities concerned to expedite the jetty construction project here.
What about cruise lounge construction? I think Lakshadweep wants to attract more tourists from Karnataka. Win win situation for both Mangaluru and Lakshadweep is to have both trade and tourism.

Mangaluru: Lakshadweep convinced to resume trade link with city thanks to MLA Lobo
He added that the officials in Lakshadweep are not worried about the quantum of investment if the project is beneficial to both the sides. Transporting petroleum products is a major requirement of the islands for which Indian Oil Corporation has built required infrastructure but not commissioned. This cargo facility can be created in Mangaluru old port.

Lobo also proposed that people in Lakshadweep can avail medical facilities in Mangaluru. To this, Khan suggested to submit a letter from government of Karnataka giving the list of approved hospitals in Mangaluru for government schemes.

Lobo says that government of Karnataka and union government have jointly sanctioned Rs 100 crore project for development of Mangaluru port. If Lakshadweep funding project is also materialized then it will result in great leap in the development of Mangaluru old port and development of the city.

As the island population is entirely dependent on mainland for their each and every requirement, it will boost demand for various commodities. This will indirectly increase taxation revenue of the state. The trade links will create an employment market in Mangaluru, boost tourism potential and also encourage medical tourism. Students from Lakshadweep can also avail education in the various institutions in the city.
The central government approves dredging of estuary till second commercial boat jetty

Desilted sand will be dumped in sea or used for any purpose?

Green signal by the union government for Lakshadweep commercial jetty at Bengre, 2
Work on jetty to begin soon

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Land Transportation - Rail

MP demand Gulbarga-Mangaluru rail, 2
Railway proposal for capacity augmentation gets nod
Even as the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd., celebrated its 27th founding day, the Ministry of Railways has accorded in-principle approval for its capacity augmentation at an approximate cost of Rs. 4,980 crore. The official programme was held at the KRCL headquarters in Belapur, Navi Mumbai, on Sunday.

Work on construction of 10 new railway stations — including Mirjan between Gokarna and Kumta, and Innanje between Udupi and Padubidri in Karnataka — is in progress.
With electrification of the entire KRCL route network approved, the total cost of capacity doubling and electrification is expected to be around Rs. 7,500 crore. It is expected to be completed in five years.
Bengaluru-Karwar night express to run on shortest route four days a week

Kenjar Railway Station is almost complete
Kenjar railway station construction nearing completion, to open soon
Demand for railway station near MIA on the verge of realisation
As things stand now, the nearest motorable road to MIA from this station is around 6-kms passing through Karambaru, Porkodi and Jokatte. But if a road were to be constructed abutting the railway track from Maravoor rail over bridge, the distance will come down to 2kms. The railway has already completed the land acquisition for the proposed road. Members of Malavoor gram panchayat have already represented this matter to MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.
New Rly. timetable brings two new trains to city

When will we get a train to Chennai via Hassan?

Bengaluru-Kannur Express via Mangaluru lacks passenger patronage

Way out is to extend Kannur-Salem-<ParchedCity> train in both directions and make it Mangaluru-Kannur-Salem-<ParchedCity>-Mysuru train. This is the way people of Managluru, Kasargod, Kannuru, Kozhikode will be connected to Mandya & Mysuru.

Light at the end of the tunnel for Kanakarabettu residents?

Udupi-Mangaluru railwayline doubling work to start soon

MRPL Rs. 80.16 crores railway connection will be ready by 2018

Bengaluru-Mangaluru trains to take Shravanabelagola route from Februaruy next year

Metrorail to Mangaluru: A way to control traffic density

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Land Transportation - Road

Premium FAR funds to be used by MCC for roads

NH 169 expansion a mirage? Proposal pending in DC office35 meters Karkala Road proposal will be send to the government

MLA Moideen Bawa to explore laying service road from Suratkal to Pumpwell
Rs. 31 crores Ajilamogaru-Kadeshvalya bridge
Foundation laid to widen Kankanady Rly Station Road linking NH 75 @ Rs 2 crore

Narendra Modi Cabinet approves biggest ever highway development plan worth Rs 7 lakh crore
The official said the highway projects approved also include economic corridor developments aimed at the faster movement of cargo.

The government had earlier planned to develop economic corridors with a length of about 21,000 kilometres besides 14,000 kilometres of feeder routes. The corridors included Mumbai-Cochin-Kanyakumari, Bengaluru-Mangaluru, Hyderabad-Panaji and Sambalpur-Ranchi, to name a few.
Mangaluru-Raichur (461 km) will be an Economic Corridor

Centre clears upgradation of Kanhangad-Madikeri State Highway into a National Highway
The NH will pass through Sullia (Dakshina Kannada) from Kasaragod and reach Madikeri and will connect the Highway from Madikeri to Mysuru.
What is Bharatmala project: All you need to know about Modi govt's massive infrastructure push through ambitious roadways plan

As shown in the figure NH-75 & NH-66 are Economic Corridors and Mangaluru-Raichur is intercorridor/feeder road.

PVS-Ladyhill road will be upgraded: Mayor
PVS Circle to Lady Hill will be a ‘Zero tolerance’ road?

Many people from Bhatkal are visiting Mangaluru for medical services. It is better to have a fast KSRTC service between Mangaluru and Bhatkal for these patients' benefit.

Rs. 122.79 crores sanctioned by central government fund for developing DK roads
Rs. 157 crores sanctioned for BC Road - Punjalakatta road development

Multi-level car parking proposal gathers dust, problem continues

ULBs in DK to have separate teams to manage potholes

Port connectivity road to get major facelift under Sagarmala Project, says DK MP
Jaideep Shenoy | TNN | Nov 15, 2017, 17:51 IST

MANGALURU: Road connectivity on the 37-km stretch of National Highway between B C Road and Surathkal is in for a major facelift under the union government much touted Sagarmala project. The proposal comprises constructing parallel flyovers, additional underpasses, widening of the NH at identified stretches, reconstructing bridges and strengthening the highways and service roads, Dakshina Kannada Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel said on Wednesday.

Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a function to dedicate the road under bridge on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru National Highway 75 at Padil, Nalin said union government has given in-principle approval for upgrading above stretch of NH. The entire project will cost about Rs 500 crore, Nalin said, adding a prominent work proposed is to upgrade 7-km asphalted stretch between Baikampady and Lohitnagar in the city in to an 11-metre wide concrete road.

This has been done considering the high density of traffic on the stretch, the MP said adding the carriageway of the remaining 30 km stretch will be further strengthened as an asphalted road. The parallel fly overs will be constructed at Surathkal, Kottara Chowki and B C Road which presently have one-way fly overs. In addition, vehicular underpass have been proposed at Honnakatte near Surathkal and at Panambur, home to New Mangalore Port administrative office.

Likewise, a grade separator at Karnataka Polytechnic Junction and overpass has been mooted at Nanthoor Junction as there was a pressing demand for these facilities to ease the perennial traffic congestion caused in their absence, he said. Other works proposed include widening and strengthening service roads, constructing new service roads at identified stretches between Kottara Chowki and Surathkal, rehabilitation of minor bridges at Brahmarakootlu and Arkula.

The two existing bridges across the Phalguni River at Kulur too will be reconstructed. The existing road over bridge at Baikampady will be reconstructed, the MP said adding the National Highways Authority of India is in the process of getting necessary approvals for the works to take off. Earlier, at the function, Nalin said NHAI has chosen a contractor for operation and maintenance of the 37 km stretch at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore till works under Sagarmala project started.
BC Road-Surathkal highway set to get stage II facelift
B C Road-Surathkal stretch to be strengthened: MP
New Padil bridge thrown open for traffic

Kadaba-Panja road development work initiated

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Groundwater depletion in DK raises concern
A comparison in the groundwater table as of August 2010 and August 2017 shows that the groundwater table in two of the five taluks has gone down drastically, while in two other taluks, it has been slightly recharged. The highest groundwater depletion is seen in Mangaluru. The total groundwater table in the district as of August 2010 and August 2017 also shows that water table has been depleted by 2.03 metres.
Sullia don't have permanent solution for drinking water
'Fight against unscientific projects needed'

104 vented dams proposed under Phase I of Paschima Vahini
Taking the much-talked about Paschima Vahini Project forward, a proposal to build 104 vented dams in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts at an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crore has been sent to the government, according to B. Ramanath Rai, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada.

In his Rajyotsava Day address at the Nehru Maidan here on Wednesday, the Minister said that the government had announced Rs. 100 crore for the project in the 2017-18 Budget. The 104 vented dams have been proposed in the first stage of the project proposed to build a series of check-dams or vented dams on rivers in the three districts.

An official of the Department of Minor Irrigation, the implementing agency of the project, told The Hindu that the proposal was sent recently. As many as 11 dams have been proposed in Dakshina Kannada.
Why no fund from the central government is coming for coastal Karnataka irrigation projects?

Centre plans to provide piped water to all households by 2030

When will DK be declared as 24x7 100% piped water district? If not 100% what is the achievable target? (as there is no point in supplying water to remote villages with less dense population)

Dakshina Kannada's lifeline Netravati is thirsting for life

Don't damage natural wetlands, warns scientist

Hope seaweeds when grown in a ecologically sustainable way will capture sufficient amount of carbon dioxide. And if we are able to restore mangrove swamps it would even give a boost to ecotourism.

Yettinahole project can be stopped even now

Corporation yet to receive Rs. 12.64 crore water bills

Lowering water levels at Thumbe surprises many

When will we have robots repairing jackwells?

Water level restored at Thumbe after intake well valve is removed for repair

NASA’s new tool predicts which city will flood first due to global warming
The researchers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California applied the tool to 293 major port cities including Manguluru or Mangalore in Karnataka.
For Mangalore the sensitivity is high to changes in ice thickness in almost all regions of the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheet. However, it is more sensitive to changes in the western part of the Antarctic ice sheet and the southern part of the Greenland ice sheet.
Don't worry, we will not be not affected as much as Kolkatta, Chennai or Mumbai - Climate change: 22.8 million Indians could become homeless by 2100. What I think is Mangala Corniche will sink by 2100 if it is not constructed at sufficient height. So my suggestion is for reproduction of mangrove forest on river banks and then Mangala Corniche road at height of more than 3 meters from current high tide level. (If all ice melts then sea level rises by 70 meters.) (On the other hand we know Himalayas are rising by 1 cm every year). That makes us more safe till 2100 assuming a sea level raise of 2 meters. (but we have to think about rest of Mangaluru Taluk also including Ullal & Surathkal also) and by then we should be ready with a plan for most dangerous century 2.2K.

Global warming: NASA tool predicts which city will flood first; Mangalore, Mumbai at risk
Glacial melting will flood Mangaluru more than Mumbai, shows new Nasa sea level predictor
Mangaluru at higher risk of flooding if sea level rises due to glacier melting: NASA study

Oh man, the reports above say a different thing. But, I think whatever effect will be less in Mangaluru than Mumbai even though rise in level is a bit more. Mumbai average elevation is 14 meters where as Mangaluru average elevation is 22 meters. If sea rises at a rate of 1.598 mm per year then it will take 13767 years to reach the height of 22 meters. If sea raises at 1.526 mm per year then it takes 9174 years to reach the height of 14 meters. Suppose ice melts at a faster rate then proportionately number of years will decrease. And note that average elevation of Kakinada is 2 meters, Chennai is 6.7 meters, Kolkata is 9.1 meters (?). So eatern coast will submerge faster than western coast. No report available on Kerala or Goa I think. {1,2,3}.

Conclusion, at average elevation of 22 meters it will take more time to merge if sea level raises at 1.598 mm per year & Mangaluru will take more number of years to submerge than Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkatta even if rate of raise of sea level is lower in these places.

I think most affected areas of Mangaluru will be Tannirbhavi, Mukka, Ullal beaches depending upon their elevation.

Should coastal planners have concern over where land ice is melting?

There should be an investigation to find out whether the parched city real estate mafia created this rumour on Mangaluru!

ZP lacks funds for maintaining vented dams built a decade ago
Mangaluru City Corporation giving free water to big fish?

Real estate developers in city express concern over provisions of RERA Act
Speaking on provisions regarding penalty for delayed completion of projects, Mr. Mehta said when Mangaluru faced water famine a year before, the administration had ordered halting all construction activities. Unlike the manufacturing industry, the real estate sector is dependent on many variables.
Even MCF was shutdown due to water famine. MCF & MRPL are going for desalination plant for the same reason. My advice to real estate industries of Mangaluru is to participate in redevelopment of Mangaluru lakes and use lake water when there is water shortage.

Mangaluru city drowning report, untrue - no worry for minimum 500 years - scientists

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In a 1st, Bajpe GP uploads meet video

Heggade has proved that Digital India is possible: Modi
SBI gives a push to digital transaction among SHGs

GPS on autos: District administration yet to approve proposal

Now, people can pay water bills online
People can also apply online for Town Hall booking, ground booking, underground drainage connection, khata registration, khata transfer, to get khata extract, building licence and for display of advertisement.
According to Mayor Kavita Sanil, the 10 services have been offered as part of the phase I of computerising the administration of the civic body. The corporation in its budget for 2016-17 and 2017-18 had announced that the administration would be computerised in phases.
e-Integrity pledge kiosks opened

Farmers must upload crop details to survey app: DC

‘Sand boats’ to be fitted with GPS

Will adopt Cloud Technology soon: DKMUL President

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Finally, sellers shift to vendors' zone

Now, need a drive, by say students, to redirect customers to vendors zone.

Haphazard parking choking traffic on city's main roads

Relocating street vendors much more easier than taming these junglees!

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Expecting AB Shetty Circle - Clock Tower Circle road to be first 'zero tolerance' road by year 2018 and MG Road may be by 2019. Every kind of traffic violation in these stretches has to be detected by CCTV camera and fined automatically including illegal parking. Three violations in a year should mean cancelation of driving license. My concession will be for seat belt & helmet as these things do not pose danger to others. Inspite of all these one thing is India has already cases of CCTV data deletion in many crime cases using political power!

Now we have a Mangaluru based college with a programme to develop its own indigenous satellites. So, any startup in Mangaluru want to try on satellite for traffic violation detection in addition to other means? {1}

MCC won't collect unsegregated garbage from Nov 11: Mayor

The making of modern mud walls

We thought there is enough sand but alas! And now we think there is enough mud for farming, house construction etc. Just imagine India without industries, buildings and 1.3 billion people dwelling in farms & forests, will there be enough forest and farmland with mud houses to shelter & feed this much people?

Vehicles main cause of pollution in city-APD research
Transport Dept. launches drive against pollution

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Modi tells SHGs, fishermen to explore seaweed farming
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday that fishermen and self-help groups (SHGs) along the coast can opt for seaweed farming that has major pharmaceutical application and nutrient value. It has the potential to transform the way of farming, he said.
If so please sanction a National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) with "Marine Pharmacognosy Department' in Mangalore immediately.

State will get new fisheries policy, says Siddaramaiah

Hope the state fisheries policy will support 'seaweed farming' also. Better call it 'Aquaculture Policy' so to include other 'aquaculture' products including 'mariculture'. Note that aquaculture is the term used for farming of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants, algae, and other aquatic organisms. (Currently fisheries is just one activity of aquaculture that is harvesting of natural grown fishes.) Let the policy have support for setting up of educational and R&D institutes in this domain including 'Marine Engineering', 'Marine Biotech Park' and 'Marine Biotech Incubation Centres'.

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Udupi to get government Engineering College

Make this institute specialized for 'Biomedical Engineering' & 'Marine Engineering' (non-maritime marine engineering like Ocean Engineering, Maricultural/Aquacultural Engineering etc as there is separate peoposal for Indian Maritime University). And let us hope for 'Health & Marine Knowledge City" in the coastal Karnataka also.
When will the state government come up with comprehensive 'Marine Policy' which includes 'Maritime Policy', 'Offshore Policy' etc?

'Seaweed farming not a part of fishermen's life'

So, we need a 'Seaweed Cultivation Skill Development Centre' at CMFRI or Fisheries College.

Whether Seaweed biodiversity preservation is a part of German funded National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for coastal Karnataka? Why no meetings are held on this in Mangaluru so far? What we need is to identify all medicinally valuable marine species (even freshwater & terrestrial species) of coastal Karnataka and have plan to preserve this biodiversity. I think Mangalore University has plan to work on this in their proposed Belapu facility. We also need a watch on how MRPL desalination plant will effect marine biodiversity.

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Wonder which research institute (may be CMFRI or NIOT) in India works on Mariculture, Ocean Farming {2}, Underwater Farming or Floating Farms? What we need is research works to grow food, medicinal and fuel (ethanol), bioplastic plants. Could be CMFRI or Fisheries College or a separate research institute (Marine Biotech or NIOT or Indian Institute of Mariculture or proposed Agriculture College at Brahmavar itself)?
Modi advises cultivation of seaweeds as biofertilizer in Coastal Karnataka

Startups are welcome in seaweed as food (food processing), biofertilizer, bioplastic, biopharma, biocosmetic, biofuel areas {1,2,3,4,5,6} and also offshore/deepsea aquacultural & aquacultural allied engineering (includes manufacturing of heavy engineering equipments {1,2,3} for local use and export) & mariculture robotics {1,2}. Of course offshore biorefinery & biofuel power plants are also useful for offshore mariculture. (We also have to develop sea-based power storage techniques). Karnataka coastline is limited compared to other states of India and I think depth is more so we have to use deepsea mariculture techniques. {1,2,3,4}

What we need is a proper 'Aquaculture Policy' support to do all these things.

How about sustainable mangroove cultivation with controlled harvesting for bioplastic, biopharma, ecotourism (boating/kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching etc), coastal defense and natural resilience against climate change? Say in & around Netravati islands & banks? {1,2} (Let us scratch our head later on how to drive highspeed boats through mangrove forests).

Visually challenged man dreams of boosting vermicompost biz

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Mangalore Institute of Technology & Engineering selected for phase 2 of New-Age Incubation Network (NAIN) programme
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Whether NITK is considered for Smart Campus Cloud Network-SCCN project? {1,2,3,4,5}. I think even MITE with SIEMENS Centre of Excellence can go for smart campus. Even Bearys Institute of Technology backed by an organization who has vast experience in green buildings should go for it.
Whether NITK & MIT (Manipal) will be part of SCCN?

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Listing what are essential subjects on 'analytics' (Artificial Intelligence) to be taught in Mangalore according to me.
  1. Centre of Excellence Health/Medical/Clinical Informatics at proposed NIELIT.
  2. School of Finance & Analytics at Mangalore University College.
  3. School of 'Oil & Gas Informatics' at suggested IIPE (Petroleum University).
  4. School of Aquaculture & Analytics at Fisheries College.
  5. School of Tourism & Analytics (e-tourism).
  6. Centre of excellence for 'Drug/Pharmacy Informatics' & Pharmacoinformatics including 'Marine Pharmacology Informatics' at suggested NIPER.
  7. Centre of Excellence for Materials Science & Engineering with Materials Informatics, Biomaterials Informatics and Nanoinformatics at NITK (Tulunadu & India needs a very strong team of material, nanomaterial and biomaterial scientists).
  8. Maritime Transportation & Logistics Informatics (Water Traffic Management) at proposed Indian Maritime University (IMU). Either IMU or NITK should have facilities for training in Computational Engineering Design & Informatics.
  9. School of Commerce & Analytics (e-commerce).
  10. School of Education Informatics & Innovations (e-education).
  11. Institute of Home Automation & Analytics {1}
  12. Institute of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Currently we have Geoinformatics teaching facilities at Mangalore University & NITK and Bioinformatics in Aloysius, NITK and then Health Informatics in Nitte and Manipal universities in Udupi district. Cheminformatics is used by them mainly for drug design. Computational Engineering & Informatics for ship design and Manufacturing Informatics tools may be already available at NITK and Maritime Transportation & Logistics Informatics may be already available in Manipal University. NITK also teaches compuational science/mathematics.

I don't know currently to what an extent facilities are available for teaching Health Informatics or Bioinformatics & Cheminformatics. We need fullfledged 'Centre of Excellence for Health/Medical/Clinical Informatics', 'Centre of Excellence for Biomaterials Informatics' and 'Centre of Excellence for Pharmacoinformatics'. The Centre of Excellence for Health/Medical/Clinical Informatics listed above not only cover all aspects of it & most importantly whatever needed for regerative medicine R&D but could also include alternative medicinal domains like Ayurinformatics, Siddha Informatics etc. But 'Siddha Informatics' can be a part of National Institute of Siddha or NIPER. NIPER should also cover 'Marine Pharmacology Informatics'. The knowledge of Cheminformatics can be useful for non-pharmaceutical chemical R&D also. Nanoinformatics for Nanomedicine & other applications. Optionally NIELIT/BEERI can teach all of these informatics. Other options are Nanoinformatics at proposed Belapu PG Centre and Biomaterials Informatics at proposed CIPET.

Even generalized 'Manufacturing Informatics' (Manufacturing Resource Planning)(or else NITK facilities should be strengthened to cover all types of industries) can be covered separately other than 'Oil & Gas Informatics' as there is plan to develop 'Mangluru CEZ' as a manufacturing hub for food processing, heavy engineering, non-petroleum chemical industries like pharmaceutical industries, medical devices (I am not sure whether the government classify medical devices under pharmacy. The decomposition of economic model is generally reflected on how it splits responsibility among ministries. In one of my next posts I will try to come up with a raw diagram for decomposed 'Mangaluru CEZ' Economic Model.), FMCG, other small/medium/large scale manufacturing industries & self-help group run industries.

Aquacultural Informatics & Aquacultural Information Management at Fisheries College or any of management school like AIMIT or SDM College of Business Management along with Economic/Business Informatics. Earlier I posted this one as Fisheries Informatics & Fisheries Information Management. (Our focus will be now on Maricultural Informatics & Maricultural Information Management. Only difference between 'Fisheries' and 'Aquaculture' is searching for fish schools & hunting). On the other hand, this one could be taught as a part of Agricultural Informatics and Agricultural Information Management itself if we want to cover whole agricultural domain along with horticulture.

Water Traffic Management should cover Highspeed Boat Transit System.

One of the domains which is important for Mangaluru is real estate. 'Real Estate Informatics' can use artificial intelligence for helping all stake holders like builders, constructors, architects, suppliers, logistics providers, agents and clients. As far as 'Construction Informatics' is concerned it is specialized 'Manufacturing Informatics' were manufacturing site shifts from one location to another location with time. For builders, agents and clients it is commercial (e-commerce) activity (and even for constructors, architects, suppliers, logistics providers). And also there is some financial stuffs like any other business/economic activity. 'Real Estate Informatics' domain is not listed above because with the knowledge of other domains people can manage this domain. 'Home Informatics' and 'Architectural Informatics' are separate subjects. To add more to the discussion we have enough 'Virtual and Augmeneted Reality' {1,2} expertize (animation experts) to serve Real Estate domain. CREDAI Mangalore can think about 'School of Real Estate & Analytics'.

In addition, 'Scool of Sports Informatics' can come up along with sports schools & sports institutes at proposed 1000 acres Sports City in Panjimogaru.

'Institute of Home Automation & Analytics' and 'Institute of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence' can be combined together and called 'Institute of Automation & Analytics' or 'Institute of Automation & Artificial Intelligence' and can provide education in home automation, hospital automation, office automation, ship automation, industrial automation, mechatronics/robotics, HVAC etc. Robotics (& mechatronics) inclusion is justified as 'Robot on Internet' (or 'Mechatronic on Internet') is the new trend like IoT. Imagine a mariculturist controlling a marine robot sitting some where else. Institute can also be called 'Institute of IoE' or it can be a department of NIELIT called IoE Department or department of home automation, department of mechatronics/robotics etc and better to leave ship automation as a part of IMU or NITK.

One of way to combine schools of manufacturing, finance, commerce etc is to call them 'School of Goods & Services and Analytics'.

'School of Education Informatics & Innovations' can also be called 'Institute of Education Planning & Innovations'. It should help in planning for all types of educational innovations needed for 'Mangalore CEZ' and beyond. It should help in bringing innovations in nursery, lower, higher, rural & urban educations. {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11}.

There are also options of teaching so many other specialized informatics subjects like Legal Informatics, Regulatory Informatics (against 'Regulatory & Legal Issues & Mangament' educational course suggested earlier against Biomedical Engineering Education & Research Institute (BEERI) for biomedical device manufacturing which has stringent & complex regulatory requirements as it is a safety-critical domain. For examples, FDA, EMA or CDSCO regulations. Even Water Traffic Control System is a safety-critical domain though regulatory requirements are yet to be developed fully except may be for port & shipping regulations. The pharmaceutical products have to be manufactured under stringent regulations. And also business-critical domains like finance will have its own stringent regulatory requirements. For that matter every domain including real estate has regulatory requirements but not that complex as safety/mission/business-critical domains. Still with home automation real estate may become a more security-critical system.), Computational Informatics, Urban Informatics, Rural Informatics, Architectural Informatics, Space Informatics, Weather Informatics, Environmental Informatics, Earth Science Informatics, Art & Cultural Informatics, Music Informatics, Film Informatics (School of Film Studies can come up at Kapu Film City, Udupi), Social Informatics, Transportation Informatics, Aviation/Flight Informatics (Air Traffic Management), Energy Informatics (can come up along with 'Oil & Gas Informatics' at IIPE), Reliability/Safety/Maintenance Analytics, Predictive Informatics, Research/Innovation Informatics, Astroinformatics, Linguistic Informatics (CLIL R&T Centre, Manipal), Food Informatics (Food Nitrition Informatics along with Health Informatics), Textile Informatics, Fashion Informatics, Mining Informatics (at NITK) or more generalized Economic/Business Informatics (Enterprise Resource Planning) itself. (I think AIMIT is focusing on Economic Informatics already. Sahyadri has Aptra). I have listed above what I felt important for Mangaluru CEZ's 'Domains of Excellence'.

Coming to 'Space Informatics', we may use satellites for Aquaculture/Mariculture/Fisheries Informatics and in general Agricultural Informatics. Then for Transportation Informatics like Water Traffic Management (WTM), Urban/Rural Informatics, Telemedicine/Telehealth etc. And 'Space Informatics' is also useful for identifying all kinds of economic resources within Mangaluru CEZ and would be part of entire 'Economic Informatics'. Good that we will have 'Space Informatics' experts at Alvas Engineering College soon. I think Alvas are initially aiming for Agricultural Informatics with their first satellite. (including mariculture?). We can also think of using satellites for building 'Environmental Informatics' of sea, coastal & westernghat region.

A 'School of Computational Earth Science & Informatics' with 'Environmental Informatics' or 'Ecological Informatics' at Belapu facility of Mangalore University will be useful to study effects of development projects like offshore turbines, desalination plant, Mangala Corniche or Pashchima Vahini on marine, lentic/lotic & terrestrial ecosystems. (as biodiversity study is identified for Belapu centre) {1,2,3}. What I am more interested is effect of vented dams on lotic ecosystem and whether we can reproduce that ecosystem in canals if we maintain a steady flow from vented dams to canals throughout the year. (What is important for vented dams and canals is preserve some area around them for aquatic flora that support aquatic fauna, Probably many of these aquatic plants also have medicinal value. So we can have aquatic medicinal plant horticulture also.) Finally we have to have a computational/animation model for marine, coastal & westernghat ecosystem.

I guestimate all (12 - 1) Informatics/Analytics schools/institutes or centres of excellence put together will cost around Rs. 1000 crores. (-1 because budget for Financial Analytics school is separate. Health Informatics needs more than Rs. 500 crores). If we assume that all informatics schools, NIELIT, NIPER, IIPE, CIPET, IMU, NIOT, NIOS put together costs Rs. 6000 crores then we are spending 5% of Rs. 1.2 lakh crores NH-75 Economic Corridor investment on building Educational Infrastructure in Mangalore. It may go upto 10% if we add educational infrastructure needed in Udupi & Uttara Kannada for 'Mangaluru CEZ' including skill development infrastructure. But whatever infrastructure built on the foundation of educational infrastructure will last for a long time! What we get in return is deeper theoretical understanding of our 'domains of excellence', boost to product based IT startup industry (may not be in all areas listed above in the list of 12 but a selected few domains like finance informatics, selected subjects of health informatics, manufacturing informatics, commerce informatics, tourism informatics, education informatics, home automation and robotics) and also IT products to serve microeconomy. Let me say we should be able to model & develop both microeconomy and macroeconomy as a single 'Mangaluru CEZ Enterprise' and then the country also as a single enterprise.

Note: Computational Modeling/Simulation is assumed in all. For example, Business Informatics means Computational Business Analytics, Nanoinformatics means computational nanotechnology & nanoinformatics,

How about demanding IIPE (Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy) compulsory before MRPL's 1000 acres expansion plan?

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Alvas INSEF Fair becomes a stage for future scientists' intelligence, 2

Sahyadri College sets up a startup incubator to benefit niche industries such as aerospace, nuclear, defense, oil & gas
The Incubation Centre and Start-Up at Sahyadri College

Will startup a business in Mangalore & design Medical Devices: Red dot design Awardee Karthik P B (Aligno)

More than 250 science models exhibited in Sahyadri Science Talent Hunt - 2017

Innovative medical learning platform meduhub.com launched
www.meduhub.com Launched- A Next-Gen Learning Platform for Medicos - Meduhub made in Mangaluru will go a long way helping medicos ...

When is the time for made in Mangaluru 'Computational Medicine'?

Orthodontists develop novel tool to manage cleft lips

City based Aum Animation Studio’s ‘Andy Pirki’ to be aired on Pogo TV channel

Science Model Contest held at Mahesh PU College

Incubation Centre to help budding Entrepreneurs: Space for 65 Startups - to start by December first week
First start-up incubation centre at Mallikatta in the city will be ready shortly

Plastic menace motivated me to innovate: Swasthik Padma
About the innovation

Corrosion resistant composite material aims to address plastic waste management, and it can be used effectively to stop sea erosion. The composite is made by mixing the granulated LDPE waste plastic with GGBFS in the proportion of 60:40 and extruded. "The end product is 24 per cent stronger than concrete, 12 times cheaper than it and eight times lighter," says Swasthik.
Any new innovation in the offing?

Along with my friend from Mangaluru, we are working on a paper tool for early detection of protein energy malnutrition.
Madrasas are feeling Appy
Team NITK Racing to build formula style race car

Science award conferred for Sahyadri Professor

Programme on Human Capital Analytics held at AIMIT
First Indo French forensic congress on November 23 & 24
New Electronics System Design and Manufacturing Policy approved - hardware accelerator center to come up at Mangaluru

Model drone to spray fungicide ready

A prototype of the drone to spray fungicide to control kole roga (fruit-rot disease) in arecanut plantations during the rainy season, which has created much curiosity among farmers, will be launched in Dharmasthala on Thursday.

Manufactured by iSpAgro Robotics Pvt. Ltd., a startup at Nidle village in Dakshina Kannada, it would be launched in the presence of Director of the Central Plantation Crops and Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod, Kerala, P. Chowdappa.

The startup cell of the State Department of IT and BT has sanctioned a corpus of Rs. 50 lakh to this “idea to proof of concept project” as grant-in-aid.

Using the fund, a team of five engineers have floated the startup in the village.

Its founder and Chief Executive Officer Avinash Rao told The Hindu that farmers can attend its launch at Vasanth Mahal at 5 p.m. in large numbers to give their feedback.

It would help the manufacturer to make changes, if required, as per the need of farmers.

Its functioning would also be explained through a video presentation as there are certain restrictions on the demonstration of drones for long.

Mr. Rao said that the starup has not limited its scope of research and development to develop a drone only to spray fungicide for arecanut palms but to develop a drone for a wide application in farming, including for spraying on coconut palms and other crops. The fund has been made available for the same purpose.

Subject to the approval of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the startup has planned to launch its first commercial drone applicable for arecanut plantations in mid-2018. Arecanut growers have been facing acute scarcity of skilled labour to spray fungicide.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the draft regulations on civil use of drones on November 1, 2017. As per the draft Civil Aviation Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), all drones are proposed to be operated in visual line of sight, during day time only and below 200 ft.

Dropping of any substance, carriage of hazardous material or animal or human payload is not permitted.

All commercial categories of drones, except those in the nano category, will have to be registered by the DGCA as per International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) proposed policy, in the form of Unique Identification Number (UIN). There are exemptions to it based on the categories of drones.
Good that drone regulations are formed. We also require regulations for submersible underwater drones and amphibious drones so to adopt drones for aquaculuture/mariculture/fisheries & other marine applications.

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How to fund climate-smart cities
Fundamentally, climate-smart transformation needs set of city-specific strategies to systematically reduce city’s carbon footprint and enhance resilience to climate change through smart, affordable and, resilient infrastructure, and mixed form of adaptable land-use. Cities can use ‘predictive models’ to assess the potential risks of climate vulnerabilities (erratic rainfalls, flood, high temperature) and, monetise those risks to account for additional financial and social costs for building safeguards.

On the other hand, each city should have a clearly defined ‘low carbon pathway’, a series of interventions under certain plausible scenarios around integrated solid waste management (ISWM), energy efficient energy/ water supply, harnessing rooftop solar and battery storage, green urban mobility (including electric mobility, public and, non-motorised transport), green and affordable building infrastructure, smart grids, that decouple city’s economic growth from the growth of GHG emissions.
Dominant control of agriculture and irrigation on urban heat island in India
UHI can be affected by the radiation budget and land-use configuration of the local and urban-rural environment
IIT team tracks urban heat island effect in 89 cities
“There are two reasons why urban areas in western and central parts of India become cooler than non-urban areas during summer. The non-urban areas have no crop and moisture, the soil is dry and day-time air temperature is above 40 degrees C. On the other hand, the urban areas have vegetation cover and water bodies. This is why cities are cooler than the surrounding non-urban areas during the day,” explains Prof. Mishra.
Planning requirement

“Since the government is planning to develop these as smart cities, we should think of using more sustainable building materials that absorb less heat during the day. We also need to include passive cooling measures such as increased tree cover, increased ventilation in buildings and orientation of buildings in modern building designs to reduce the night-time urban heat island effect,” he says. There should be an optimal combination of impervious cover, vegetation cover, and water bodies within the cities.
If a city or town has a good system of taking weather observations the UHI can be measured directly. An alternative is to use a complex simulation of the location to calculate the UHI, or to use an approximate empirical method. Such models allow the UHI to be included in estimates of future temperatures rises within cities due to climate change.
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Wish at least one college of Tulunadu teaches both architectural informatics {2} and urban informatics {2} to students. What is important is to develop competency also in 'Computational Architecture', 'Computational Urban Planning' and 'Computational Spatial Science'.
I don't know whether proposed 'Central Command Centre' for Smart Mangaluru is planned to address things like climate change or disasters. I also don't know which local college is involved in urban planning for Mangaluru.

Whether Alvas are involved in disaster map {1} or climate change map {1,2} which NRSA may be developing as a part of national land use and land cover mapping. I think even Mangalore University or NITK with their Geoinformatics knowledge can come up with a map and develop ‘predictive model’ (predictive analytics) for Mangaluru & coastal Karnataka. (when will Mangalore University grow from geoinformatic to computational earth science & informatics?).

We have to understand Urban Heat Islands in the context of Pashchima Vahini (Seaweed cultivation is not an issue as sea evaporation was always there). We also have to plan for coastal defense and natural resilience against climate change.

What we want is a multidimensional animation map of the city predicting 'land going under sea against time' and 'microclimate changes due to new urban constructions'. (the map will go on improving and give more precise predictions as Earth Science Computational Modeling techniques matures in future). Mangaluru should have good predictive analytics and preventive measures capabilities of urban, architectural & microclimate planning. (I think currently Indian urban institutes are working only on computational transportation planning). In addition, if the map can also help in rural and agricultural/maricultural planning also then it would be great.

The government should issue permission to construct building (especially skyscrapers) only after studying disaster proneness and the effect of the building on microclimate of the city. Multidimensional animation application/tool should enable this. All our development works along sea or river banks targetting next 100 years should be above 3 meters from current high tide level of sea & backwater with a assumption that sea rises by 2 meters in next 100 years. Like Delhi airport proposed Padubidri airport should not get flooded by river or sea at least for next 100 years. Seaport, marina & other water based transportation infrastructures which are not covered by CRZ rules have to be developed with due care. While developing city as per Transit Oriented Development norms due consideration has to be given to street geometry factors effecting microclimate. Mangaluru should be climate change resilient and should contribute zero to climate change.

Terrace gardens, solar roofs, water bodies, greenspace/trees (with ensured availability of ground water), green buildings are the way to overcome UHI effects. Microclimate of the city should be controlled against street canyon effect as Mangaluru is growing vertically. The city should be designed so that its highrises have enough space inbetween to allow smooth flow of air through each nook & corner.

What we have now is a NGO monitoring pollution level. We need a study group (could be from Mangalore University or NITK if not a separate institute on urban informatics) for monitoring ground water level, UHI/UCI effects, sea level, street canyon effect etc and model extreme rainfalls (Mangaluru is supposed to get weather radar, 'Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls') if Central Command Centre does not do all these things. {1,2,4,4,5,6}.

Microclimate Modelling - For Greenfield - Modelling should help in designing entire greenfield area and its interactions with boundary areas. For Redevelopment/Retrofitting - It should issue individual licenses to a building after studying its effect on local microclimate.

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