MANGALURU: Minor irrigation (MI) department with assistance from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has started 16 flood control works in Mangalore city south assembly constituency on Tuesday. Nature of work includes construction of new embankments and retaining walls, strengthening of existing storm water drains amounting to Rs 3.40 crore. These works are expected to be completed in three months.

Announcing this here, Mangalore City South MLA J R Lobo said the works are aimed at preventing ingress of flood waters of the Gurupur and the Nethravathi at places in villages that include Padavu, Maroli, Kulshekar, Kankanady, Alape, Bajal, Jeppinamogaru, and Boluru. These works are essential in that people residing in above mentioned area end up suffering during monsoon due to flood waters entering these areas, he said.

“I have also submitted various proposals worth Rs 8 crore for similar nature of works during the current fiscal to the state government and they are in various stages of clearance,” Lobo said. In addition, MLA said he has also mooted a major flood management project amounting to Rs 150 crore which will be taken with equal funding from state and central governments. “This proposal is under active consideration of the state government,” Lobo noted.

Courtesy: Times of India