On September 2, 2022, Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi laid the groundwork for 8 projects worth Rs 3,800 crore in Goldfinch town in Mangaluru, Karnataka and approved the revised water management plan. Coastal Zones (CZMP) of the State.
- Karnataka is the first state in southern India and only the second state (after Goa) in India to prepare and approve the CZMP in accordance with the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Notification of 2019 which was approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
- This plan will boost the economy and tourism in the coastal region of Karnataka.
Here are the Rs 3,800 crore projects that were inaugurated/set up by the Prime Minister at Goldfinch city in Mangaluru:
I.A project worth over Rs 280 crore for the mechanization of Berth No. 14 for handling containers and other cargo, undertaken by the New Mangalore Port Authority has been inaugurated.
- Phase I of the project has been successfully completed, adding over 4.2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) to handling capacity, which will further increase to over 6 MTPA by 2025.
ii.Foundation stone for five projects worth approximately Rs 1000 croreundertaken by the port have been laid, including the integrated LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and liquid bulk POL facility, equipped with a state-of-the-art cryogenic LPG storage tank terminal which will be capable of offloading VLGC ( very large gas carriers) at full load ) of 45,000 tons very efficiently.
- The facility will strengthen Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in the region while enhancing the port’s status as one of the country’s leading LPG importing ports.
iii.PM also laid the foundation stone of projects for the construction of edible oil storage tanks and refinery, the construction of bitumen storage facilities and related facilities and the construction of bitumen storage facilities and edible oil and related facilities.
iv.The foundation stone for the development of the Kulai fishing port has also been laid, which will facilitate the safe handling of fish catches and enable better prices in the global market.
v.Inauguration of two projects undertaken by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited viz. The BS VI modernization project and the seawater desalination plant were also completed.
- The BS VI upgrade project, worth around Rs 1830 crore, will facilitate the production of ultra-pure and environmentally friendly BS-VI grade fuel (with sulfur content below 10 PPM) .
- The seawater desalination plant, set up at a cost of around Rs. 680 crores, will reduce dependence on fresh water and ensure a steady supply of hydrocarbons and petrochemicals throughout of the year. With a capacity of 30 million liters per day (MLD), the plant converts seawater into water needed for refining processes.
Other central government approvals for Karnataka to boost its development:
I.Under the Sagar Mala project, 18 projects have been completed and 14 projects worth Rs 950 crore are approved by the Union Government
ii.The central government has given approval for the development of Maajali port in Karwar at a cost of Rs 350 crores.
iii.Under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada scheme, the government has given approval to provide 100 high-speed boats to aid deep-sea fishing.
iv.The government is also expanding the ports of Mangaluru and Karwar.
v.The government has set up the Vidyanidhi scheme for children of fishermen and it will benefit 2 lakh children.
vi.The Institute of Inland Fishing and Fishing will be established in Karwar.
vii.The fishermen will get 5,000 houses under the Matsyashraya scheme at a cost of Rs 64 crore.
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Chief Minister (CM)– Basavaraj Bommai
festivals – Karnataka Rajyotsava (Celebrates the Day of State Formation); Kambala Festival (an annual buffalo race)
Stadium – Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) Hockey Stadium (Bengaluru); Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground (Gangotri Glades Cricket Ground)