U. Srinivas Mallya

11 Nov 1902
19 Jan 1965
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Ullal Srinivasa Mallya (11 November 1902 – 19 January 1965) was an Indian Politician. He served an 18 year tenure as member of Parliament, from 1946–1965. He played a key role in development of undivided Dakshina Kannada.

Mallya was born in Mangalore on 21 November 1902 to Ullal Manjunath Mallya and Saraswathi alias Rukma Bai.He completed his education at St Aloysius Primary School and Canara High School and continued his intermediate studies at Government College, Mangalore.

At the age of 18, Mallya joined the freedom movement after being inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s call to action. He resigned from his family business in Mangalore,and began a life as a Satyagrahi, which resulted in him going to prison a number of times.

Mallya started his political careers as the Secretary of the District Congress Committee. He later became a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Due to his close relationship with to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Mallya was chosen as the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee in 1951. After Independence, Malliah became a member of the Delhi House of Representatives (Parliament). He was also appointed to the Constituent Assembly.

He was elected a Member of Parliament from the Udupi Lok Sabha constituency for three terms, beginning with the first Indian Elections held in 1952, and in the subsequent two held in 1957, and 1962.

Mallya is best known for his work as an architect. He has been called “Father of Modern Dakshina Kannada District”.

Jaideep Shenoy, in an article in The Hindu, noted that, “It was Mallya’s vision which saw the construction of the New Mangalore Port, Bajpe airport, National Highway 17 and most importantly Karnataka Regional Engineering College (since upgraded into National Institute of Technology, Karnataka).”His contributions at the 2005 Mangalore Republic Day celebration.

Other notable projects include the Mangalore Hassan Bangalore Railway Line, the Ullal Bridge on the River Nethravathi, Mangalore Airport (Bajpe)the Circuit House, the Mangalore Town Hall, and the All India Radio Station in Mangalore.

Statues of Mallya are found throughout the city of Mangalore. There is one in front of the Town Hall, one at Kadri and one each at the main gate of the New Mangalore Port Trust, and at NITK, Suratkal. The Suratkal Police Station is named after him on his memory.

“Referring to other housing projects, he said that 14 acre of land had been acquired at Padavu village to develop house sites, and this area will be named after the architect of modern Dakshina Kannada, late Ullal Srinivas Mallya.” − MUDA Chairman, Mr Abdul Khader, December 2003

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