Mangalore: Republic Day Celebrated with Customary Pomp and Gaiety

Mangalore, Jan 26: The 63rd Republic Day celebration was held with patriotic fervour and eye-catching display of culture at Nehru Maidan here on Thursday January 26.

District-in-charge minister Krishna J Palemar hoisted the Indian Tri-colour after receiving the guard of honour.

Addressing the gathering, he said that the district has attained remarkable progress over the past year. State highway stretching 528 km along with 775 km of main roads in the districts will be developed at a cost Rs 9,545 lac and in all 138 works will be completed under NABARD project, he said.

“Already 85 development works have been completed and in the 2011-12 budget and 69 new works will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 7,250 lac. There is a target set aside to develop 232 km road in the district,” he said and added that the construction work on the new court building is under way.

“The second phase of Puttur mini Vidhana Soudha construction will be taken up at the cost of Rs 550 lac. Mini Vidhana Soudha at Sullia will be completed by the end of this year. To tackle the housing problem in the district, 2,233 houses will be constructed under various projects like Indira Awaz and Ambedkar Ashraya project,” Palemar said.

Deputy speaker of the assembly Yogish Bhat, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, CDA chairman Nagraj Shetty, MLA U T Khader, DC Dr Channappa Gowda, ZP president KT Shailaja Bhat, ZP CEO Dr K N Vijay Prakash, mayor Praveen, MCC commissioner Harish Kumar, IGP Prathap Reddy, police commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh and SP Abhishek Goyal among others were present.

Ten achievers who have excelled in various fields were felicitated on the occasion, including Supreetha who won honours at national and international power-lifting competitions in 2011.As many as 17 teams comprising NCC wings, police personnel and students participated in the march past. Various cultural programmes depicting the rich Indian heritage were presented. Bharath Seva Dal girl wing won the first prize in march past and NCC air wing senior group bagged the second prize. Manjula Shetty compered the programme.A splendid rally of 20 vintage cars and two-wheelers was organised on the occasion. Students of St Gerosa and St Ann’s Schools presented a beautiful cultural programme.