Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea – remaining, to this day, as a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city has a tropical climate and lies in the path of the Arabian Sea branch of the South-West monsoons. Mangalore’s port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of the nation’s cashew exports.
The Mangalore Town Planning Authority came into effect from 29-11-1965 , the Mangalore Urban Development Authority was constituted in the year 1988 by the Government under the Karnataka Urban Development Authority 1987. This authority combined itself along with the planning functions of the City Planning authority and erstwhile CIB (City Improvement Board). Since inception, MUDA has allotted 1022 sites to the individuals for construction of residential dwellings. In addition, more than 15 civic amenity sites have been given for use by various public utilities and also organizations, catering to the needs of the locality.
The total sanctioned post in MUDA as on 13-10-2014 is 30, out of 18 has been filled and 12 vacant post has been there.