The Mangaluru City Corporation on Thursday adopted a resolution to name the road from Hamilton Circle to Rao & Rao Circle in the city after Padma Shri awardee Harekala Hajabba. Notably, Harekala Hajabba used to sell oranges on this road and opened a school in his village from the money earned by selling the oranges.
The proposal seeking to name either Hamilton Circle or any one of the nearby roads after Harekala Hajabba was mooted by Congress Corporator Abdul Latheef.
Speaking on the proposal, Latheef said though Harekala Hajabba, an organge vendor, was uneducated he nurtured a dream to build a school in his village so none of the children remain illiterate. “He realised this dream. Hajabba is the pride of Mangaluru and the road where he sold oranges should be named after him,” he added.
The Council meeting, chaired by Mangaluru Mayor Premananda Shetty resolved to send the proposal to name the road from Hamilton Circle to Rao & Rao Circle as ‘Padma Shri Harekala Hajabba Road’ to the Town Planning Standing Committee of the Council for due procedure.
Once the proposal was cleared by the Town Planning Standing it will be sent to state government.
“The standing committee will follow the government directions of 2009 to complete the process before sending it to the state government for approval. The proposal will be published in vernacular newspapers, inviting suggestions and objections from the public.”
Chief whip in the council Sudheer Shetty suggested the MCC of holding a felicitation programme to Hajabba.