U. Srinivas Mallya

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Ullal Srinivas Mallya
Member of Lok Sabha
In office
1957 - 1967
Succeeded by J. M. Lobo Prabhu
Constituency Udupi
Personal details
Born (1902-11-21)21 November 1902
Madras Presidency,
British India
Died 19 December 1965(1965-12-19) (aged 63)
Mysore State,
Spouse(s) Indira (alias Padmavathi Bai)
Religion Gaud Saraswath Brahman, GSB Hinduism

Ullal Srinivasa Mallya (11 November 1902 – 19 December 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[1]

Early years[edit]

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.(Currently called The Mangalore University college)

Joining the freedom movement[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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, Mallya 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.

Architectural career[edit]

Mallya is best known for his work as an architect. He has been called "Father of Modern Dakshina Kannada District".[2]

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)."[3]

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.[4]


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[5]


  1. ^ "Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Udupi: Make Provisions for Up-keep of Mallya's Statue - MP". Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (NR). Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ JAIDEEP SHENOY (24 April 2004). "Man who made tomorrow". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Richie Lasrado. "Mangalore Airport Expansion: End of Rough Weather and Air Bubbles?". Daijiworld Media Network. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Govt nod awaited for truck terminal at Mangalore". The Hindu Business Line. 12 December 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2016.