KCCI asks govt to consider DK and Udupi as single unit

 KCCI asks govt to consider DK and Udupi as single unit
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Mentions Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapur, and Kolar being considered as a single unit

Mangaluru: The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has requested the Chief Secretary of Karnataka to consider erstwhile Dakshina Kannada District (now DK & Udupi) as one unit for movement of people.

The KCCI appreciated the measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19  in the state. 
“The recent orders for easing of certain restrictions to facilitate economic and industrial activities are a welcome step,” KCCI president Isaac Vas stated in the letter dated May 5.
He stated that even though the erstwhile Dakshina Kannada district was bifurcated in 1997 for administration purposes, the two districts are an urban agglomeration with most of the population residing in suburbs and towns.  Office Staff, technical crew, and labor of many industries reside in either district and commute daily for work within an efficient transport system.
“The present restriction on inter-district movement because of the lockdown is hindering the kick-starting of industries and commerce. Workers are deprived of their livelihood and Industry and business owners are finding it challenging to move forward. To add to this, migrant laborers are moving back to their native places further aggravating the situation. Many Industries and Commercial establishments have requested us to take up this matter with the Government. Hence, we kindly request you to consider these two districts as one geographical area for the movement of people and private vehicles,” he said. 
He mentioned the example of Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapur, and Kolar which is considered as a single unit as per the order No. RD158/TNR 2020 Dated May 3, 2020 (Clause  2(a)).
“We earnestly request you to let Dakshina Kannada and Udupi function on the same lines. This would facilitate the movement of people for employment and business in either district of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi,” he added.

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