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Eminent businessman and philanthropist RN Shetty dies of cardiac arrest

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Bhatkal: December 17, 2020 (Bhatkallys News Bureau) RN Shetty, a well-known personality of Murudeshwar taluka and chairman of RNS group, passed away in the early hours of December 17. He was about 92 years old.

RN Shetty is survived by his wife and three sons. Born on August 15, 1928 at Murudeshwar in the coastal district of Uttara Kannada, Rama Nagappa Shetty founded the RN Shetty and Company in 1961 and ventured into the construction industry with focus on infrastructure building.

RN Shetty built tunnels for the railways, dams, canals, bridges, and buildings in various parts of Karnataka and neighbouring states. Later, he entered the hospitality and education sector and left a mark there as well. The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries had bestowed on him the Visvesvaraya Memorial Award in 2004 and the Bengaluru University conferred an honorary doctorate in 2009.

A devout Hindu, RN Shetty had undertaken modernisation of the historic Murudeshwara Temple, which his ancestors had served, and was instrumental in building the 249 ft tall Raja Gopura of the temple, considered to be the tallest gopuram in Asia.

Many institutions and personalities have expressed deep sorrow and grief over his demise.

– With inputs from sources

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