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The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Marpadi Veerappa Moily has taken initiative to speed up work on the Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ). There are complaints that the work on MSEZ was delayed due to improper road connectivity. A meeting should be held with the residents residing in the areas and the problems need to be solved within ten days, said Moily.
Moily was in Mangalore at a review meeting at the Deputy Commissioner's office on June 24. He said that discussions need to be held on providing jobs as well as rehabilitation packages to the people. Without the completion of the MSEZ project, it will not be possible to give jobs to those who have lost land.
Hence, cooperation of the public is required, if they want employment, Moily said. There are plans to give connection to two port cities— Mangalore and Chennai through Bangalore under 'Green Field Highway Corridor. As Oscar Fernandes is the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, there are possibilities that the work might commence shortly, he said.
Moily, who is also from the same coastal Karnataka area, also spoke on construction of a tunnel to widen Shiradi Ghat road. The National Highway Authority of India along with a Japanese Company are presently carrying out a survey for the tunnel, he said.