The central business district of the city, Hampankatta is getting modified by the Smart City and is expected to be completed by the end of this month. The Pedestrian Plaza work undertaken by the Mangalore Smart City Limited(MSCL) is nearing completion.
Providing details on the various works being undertaken, MSCL general manager (technical) Arun Prabha KS told that “The road flaring work for the smooth flow of traffic and landscaping is being taken up near the Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is a completed project, but the loop road from Clock Tower-AB Shetty Circle-Hamilton Circle- Rao and Rao Circle-Clock Tower is one-way, and once all the works, including the pedestrian plaza are completed, then a formal inauguration will take place. Most of the work being taken up under the Smart City project is in its final stage,” said, MSCL general manager (technical) Arun Prabha KS providing details on the various works.
On the pedestrian plaza, the hardscaping works are near completion. “The landscaping works are being deliberately delayed, as we feel that it would be appropriate to complete it, just before the monsoon. The loop road is more or less complete, except for a few patches, and the Mangaluru City Corporation has also taken up works on developing the city bus stand,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Mahatma Gandhi statue in front of the Town Hall will be shifted from its original location to the front of and closer to the Clock Tower, so that it is more visible. There will be a small children’s park, with a jet fountain on the right side of the statue,and landscaping will be taken up on the left side. Encircling Mahatma Gandhi’s statue smarak, there will be a pathway that will lead into another landscaped area, that serves as a sitting area for the amphitheatre. The amphitheatre has been planned with the Town Hall in the backdrop. “This will special and wonderful area in the heart of the city, once the works are completed,” said Arun Prabha.