Mangaluru: Lakshadweep convinced to resume trade link with city thanks to MLA Lobo

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Nov 1: Mangaluru and Lakshadweep trade links are likely to be re-established following the discussions with delegation of Karnataka government officials led by MLA, J R Lobo, with officials of Lakshadweep on October 30 and 31 at Lakshadweep.

According to Lobo, administrator of the Indian Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Farooq Khan and ports and aviation director Ankoor Mishra, are keen to have a tie-up with the Mangaluru port again as commodities are cheaper in Mangaluru, loading is cheaper and distance to islands such as Agathi, Kavratti, Kilton,Chetlat, Kadmad, Bitra and Amini is less.

A delegation from Lakshadweep is likely to visit Mangaluru in December to get more clarity on facilities like maintenance of channel, landing fee, exclusive zone for Lakshadweep Jetty and godowns. After obtaining the report from the consultant, the administrator, collector and port director will visit Mangaluru for further discussions as well as to assess the place, Lobo stated.

Though a memorandum of understanding was signed between Mangaluru and Lakshadweep three years back, it failed to materialize and 75% of business went to Kerala since Mangaluru lacked an exclusive jetty for Lakshadweep ships.

The Lakshadweep delegation is keenly looking forward for the development of Mangaluru Old Port. They prefer Mangaluru rather than any other port, says Lobo.

He added that the officials in Lakshadweep are not worried about the quantum of investment if the project is beneficial to both the sides. Transporting petroleum products is a major requirement of the islands for which Indian Oil Corporation has built required infrastructure but not commissioned. This cargo facility can be created in Mangaluru old port.

Lobo also proposed that people in Lakshadweep can avail medical facilities in Mangaluru. To this, Khan suggested to submit a letter from government of Karnataka giving the list of approved hospitals in Mangaluru for government schemes.

Lobo says that government of Karnataka and union government have jointly sanctioned Rs 100 crore project for development of Mangaluru port. If Lakshadweep funding project is also materialized then it will result in great leap in the development of Mangaluru old port and development of the city.

As the island population is entirely dependent on mainland for their each and every requirement, it will boost demand for various commodities. This will indirectly increase taxation revenue of the state. The trade links will create an employment market in Mangaluru, boost tourism potential and also encourage medical tourism. Students from Lakshadweep can also avail education in the various institutions in the city.

In the interests of the development of the city, it is very essential to develop a strong mutually beneficial relationship with Lakshadweep. Though the initiation seems successful, further persuasion and follow up is very essential, stresses the MLA.

During the discussions, Lobo mentioned about non-implementation of agreement Lakshadweep had entered into with Karnataka after which the officials changed their stance.

The MLA was accompanied by PWD additional secretary, Ramesh N S, ports department director, Capt C Swamy, executive engineer (ports) K R Dayanand, and leaders, Denis D'Silva and Nelson Monteiro.

Lobo’s 96-year-old mother Cecelia Lobo fell sick on the day the delegation was leaving for Lakshadweep. Lobo admitted his mother in a hospital for treatment and went to Lakshadweep as the delegation had other people and the trip was planned in advance. Lobo’s mother passed away on November 1 after he arrived back.



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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Lakshdweep has pristine beaches and a good connectivity from Mangalore port will boost tourism potential both of Mangalore and Lakshdweep.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Since the last agreement between Lakshadweep & Karnataka did not materialize, it is better to follow-up with the center in addition to Lakshadweep administration so that money doesn't play a role. It's better to follow-up on all fronts & convinces about the plus points like less distance, cheaper commodities & others.

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  • MC POKA, Bajpe

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Dear Mr Lobo
    Please see the pathetic condition of mangalore roads ... do some repairs (not patch work )...

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  • Abby, Kadri

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    I see only you are the most eligible leader in mangalore. Under your term, the mangalore can scale greater heights in development. You must be given greater power instead of our current district minister who is just fit to eat fish and do huli dance and another useless MP Mr. Benkiraja..

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Condolences Lobo
    Lobo is a good person in wrong party

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Mr. Lobo. please built a motorable bridge from Sultan battery to Tannirbavi during your term.

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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 03 2017

    We should maintain the natural beauty of Sultan battery and encourage only a pedestrian foot bridge to cross the river. Vehicles can be parked on either side and not make sulthan battery look like a concrete monstrosity which looks like the kuloor bridge

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  • Norwin rego, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    If we wish to see a developed mangalore we need to support lobo sir for one more term as MLA.

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  • VR, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Mr. Lobo for Mangaluru reminds me of late Dr. V.S. Acharya in Udupi when it comes to working towards development. The big difference I think is that Dr. V.S. Acharya had more power and influence to carry out his vision and plans. Mangaluru 's growth needs adequate infrastructure support as well and local leadership will play an important role. Nothing comes easy and lot of hard-work and determination is needed to carry out those tasks. And most importantly, every rupee spent should be accounted for and that requires honest, non-corrupt leaders who oversee the projects.

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  • Ravi, Mlore

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Mr Lobo is a gentleman with dedication and people friendly. We are very fortunate to have a guy with the vision to get harmony and development at the same time to Mlore .Wish you the very best in whatever you do Lobere!!!

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Mr.J.R.Lobo, our MLA is the right person to do all these transactions and it is proved he has done that in the interest of Karnataka. Another great thing to note down is even though his aged mother was sick and admitted to the hospital on the same day of his trip he did not stay back and finished his job and come back by the time his mother expired. Heartfelt condolences to you sir and your family members.

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  • Ronald, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Condolences JR Lobo! Serving people is priority to JRL than his family. God bless JRL.

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  • Rudolph Ivor Lobo, Kadri, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    Patient, qualified, experienced, committed and honest Mr. J.R. Lobo is more of a friend than a friend to Mangaloreans and why would the Lakshadweep not trust him and capitalise to ute at the earliest.

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  • Rudolph Ivor Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Nov 01 2017

    'than a politician to mangaloreans'

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