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‘Establish knowledge, research center for coastal studies’

The coastal belt in the state immediately needs the establishment of a Center for Knowledge, Capacity Building, Institutional Development and Research and Development, Dean and Professor, College of Fisheries. A Senthil Well said here on Sunday.

“Speaking on Emerging Opportunities, Potential Potential in the Coastal Zone of Karnataka” at the Karnataka Coastline Business Conclave 2021 organized by the Karnataka Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI). Vail said that such a center is needed for studies. Oceanography is related to coastal and marine conservation, climate change, sea level rise and salinity intrusion.

The center can also undertake studies related to disaster, waste and water management and Western Ghats conservation and management.

Other states

Pro. Vail said the state is dependent on other institutions outside Karnataka for any information and data related to oceanography, climate change, sea level rise and salinity intrusion. Studies related to marine development made the most sense in coastal development, he said, adding that Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have such centers.

Desalination plant

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) Managing Director M. Venkatesh said that MRPL's de-salination plant, on which work is on the verge of completion in Panambur, would be commissioned “in the range of 20% to 30”. % In another month ”.

He said that but for COVID-19 status, the plant would have been fully operational by now.

Mr. Venkatesh said that the epidemic has affected the oil refinery sector globally. It may take at least six months for the sector to fully . MRPL is not an exception.

“The company is seeing huge financial losses. The situation is critical and requires immediate support and policy decisions from the government to sustain operations. It requires the intervention of both state and union governments, ”the managing director said and added that the company was also working for Phase IV expansion.

New Mangalore Port Trust President Venkata Ramana Akkaraju said that Karnataka needed a cruise port with ferry, seaplane, helipad and other necessary facilities. This may require an investment of ₹ 3,500 crore. but if [it is] Tourism activities will be encouraged by its establishment.

Deputy General Manager of , Mangaluru, Rajesh Gupta, Vice President (Operations), Ramani Gourmet Pvt. Ltd., Sajith TS, and Joint Managing Director and CEO, JSW Infrastructure Ltd., Arun Maheshwari spoke.

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