Udupi, Aug 13, 2020: Work on converting four-km stretch of NH 169A between Karavali Junction and Malpe here in to four-lane road will start by this year-end as per a plan drawn up by national highways division of state PWD.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on July 20 issued a preliminary notification to acquire 69,568 square metres of land in Ambalpady, Moodanidambur and Kodavoor villages of Udupi district – for the work.
The notification covers 206 pieces of property – four in ambalpady, 146 in Kodavoor and 56 in Moodanidambur. The stakeholders must file their objections within 21 days from notification date.
This is part of 4-laning work on Malpe-Parkala stretch of Malpe-Shivamogga NH 169A. Work on Karavali Junction and Manipal is nearing completion. Land acquisition issues has slowed work on Parkala portion.
Nagaraj Naik, executive engineer, PWDs NH division, Sringeri said the four-lane work between Karavali Junction and Malpe entails construction of two-lane carriageways that are 9.5 m wide each, a 1.5m-wide median, 2m wide cobblestone-paved road on either sides of the carriageway and 1.5m wide shoulder drains on both sides. MoRTH will approximately need to acquire up to 15m land from the centre of the existing highway on both sides, he said.
After hearing objections, the government will issue final notification and then acquire land by passing awards. The department has Rs 10 crore in its kitty to pay compensation to land losers. The project will however start only after all the required land is acquired, Naik said, adding this is to avoid sharing or taking on the blame for delays that hurdles in land acquisition brought forth in executing the Parkala stretch of the project.