During a review of works of Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL), Byrathi Basavaraj, Minister for Urban Development, Karnataka said that the Urban Development department of the state gave a nod to the proposal to develop the integrated transport hub at Pumpwell. But, clearance from the cabinet is awaited.
The land identified for building the transport hub is spread across seven acres and the authorities has planned to implement the project on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. As per Mohammad Nazeer, Managing Director, MSCL tenders for the same will be floated after the Cabinet’s approval.
According to Premanand Shetty, Councilor, Mangalore City Corporation, one of the projects getting delayed is the construction of a multi-level car park near Central Market. This project was also implemented under the PPP model.
The multi-level parking with the capacity for 400 cars was proposed to be built on 1.55 acres of government land. Nazeer said, earlier tenders were floated twice for the project but there was no response. Therefore, the tender was floated for the third time and two agencies have come forward.
The UD Minister, while having a word with Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh regarding speedy completion of works taken up under the Smart City scheme, he directed Nazeer to get the work on waterfront development and other ‘smart’ initiatives completed at the earliest.