Tirumala Tirupati temple managing trustee Adikeshavalu Naidu presided over the programme.
State home and district-in-charge minister Dr V S Acharya, MLAs Lalaji R Mendon and Raghupathi Bhat, former MP Vinay Kumar Sorake, city councillor Dinakar Shetty, entrepreneur Pramod Madwaraj, MP D V Sadananda Gowda, and Harshendra Kumar of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala were present on the dais. More news/photos
START: Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy at the inauguration of the four-lane Adiudupi-Kadiyali Road in Udupi on Sunday. Home Minister V.S. Acharya is to his left.
Udupi: Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy said on Sunday that the Tourism Department would widen the existing Adiudupi-Malpe Road into a four-lane one at a cost of Rs. 28 crore.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the four-lane Adiudupi-Kalsank Road here.
Mr. Reddy said that his department would give an impetus to tourism sector in Udupi district. It would invest Rs. 10 crore in various projects related to tourism in the district.
A jetty would be constructed at the St. Mary’s Island at a cost of Rs. 2 crore. Of this, Rs. 75 lakh had already been released, he said.
The Malpe beach would be developed at a cost of Rs. 85 lakh.
Yatri Nivas would be built at all pilgrimages in Udupi district. “In addition to promoting helicopter tourism, we will give importance to promoting heritage and coastal tourism,” he said.
The Government had decided to build the necessary infrastructure to promote tourism.
As many as 13 airports would be built in the State. Of them, 10 were in various stages of construction. As many as 10 airstrips, including the one at Udupi, would be constructed in the State. The Government had decided to construct 60,000-km-long roads under public-private partnership (PPP), Mr. Reddy said. Home Minister V.S. Acharya said that the Kadiyali-Manipal Road was being widened at a cost of Rs. 12 crore.
In the second phase, the Syndicate Circle-MIT Road would be upgraded, and the MIT-Athrady Road would be widened in the third phase. A ring-road would be developed in the city at a cost of Rs. 30 crore. The Kanakadasa Road would be widened. The Syndicate Circle-District Offices Complex Road would be upgraded, he said. MP D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MLAs K. Raghupati Bhat, Lalaji Mendon, Lakshminarayana and Gopal Bhandary, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, president of Udupi City Municipal Council Dinakar Shetty were among those present.