Uppinangady, Nov 7, 2014: Reports are rife that government is planning to build a new bridge at Hosmatha on Uppinangady-Kukke Subrahmanya Road to tackle the problem of the existing low-lying bridge submerging frequently in the rainy season. It may be recalled that in the recent rains this bridge was submerrged and people were cut off for long hours. The bridge across the Gundia River cuts off the movement of people between Kukke Subrahmanya and Uppinangady on the Mangalore-Bangalore National Highway.
Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL) will construct the new bridge at Hosmatha, near Kadaba. S.D. Ashok, Executive Engineer, KRDCL, Mysuru told media that the 120-metre bridge would cost around Rs. 8 crore. A private company, LOF Constructions, has bagged the contract. The contractor and the KRDCL are yet to ink an agreement for the project.
At the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting presided over by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel here on Thursday, the official said that the bridge would be completed by the end of 2015.
Work on Shiradi Ghat Road : Regarding upgrading Shiradi ghat stretch on Mangalore-Bangalore national highway, an official of the Mangalore division of the National Highways, under State Public Works Department, stated that of the 50-km ghat stretch, the government had permitted upgrade for 14 km (from Gulagalale to Heggade) as concrete road at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 crore. Recently the government had asked to re-submit the proposal — ready with a cost estimate of Rs. 85.28 crore — to concrete another 12.5 km stretch. He said that B. Ramanath Rai, Dakshina Kannada in-charge minister, has convened a meeting on November 15 to decide on the project.