Udupi, Mar 8, 2017 :Speaking to reporters after inspecting the Malpe port and the ongoing construction works on March 7, Tuesday, at Udupi, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa said the government is working on permanent seawalls that would offer round-the-clock protection to beach dwellers. He said Rs 11.54 crore will be spent on constructing 1,154 metres of permanent seawall for Udupi coast.
He said the area for seawall includes Tenka Yermal, Bada Yermal, Kaup, Hoode Thottam, Udyavara Padukere, Kodi in Kundapur, Manur Padukere, Shiroor Dombe, Kirimanjeshwara, Shiroor and Tenkanididiyur. Except at Shiroor Dombe and Malpe, all other seawalls are built at a cost of Rs one crore each and Rs 4.99 crore is spent on the 470-metre long seawall at Shiroor Dombe. At Tenkanididiyur, Rs 75 lakh has been spent. The construction at Kaup has just begun but has been completed in the remaining areas.
The minister said that earlier, the PWD Engineering Department had been working on 26 metres of seawall in Udupi. However, the width of the seawall has been reduced by half and the cost is also reduced to half of the total expenditure. He said the new design is effective and sustainable. Under Phase I, 80 metres of jetty development has been taken up at a cost of Rs five crore. In Phase II, the work would be extended to 130 metres at a cost of Rs 15 crore.
Places have been identified for Phase II and Udupi has received Rs 350 crore for seawalls up to 18 kilometres. In the second phase, the places identified in the district include, Yermal Tenka (4.5 kilometres) at a cost of Rs 79.60 crore, Udyavara (5 kilometres) at the cost of Rs 100 crore, Kodibengre (4.5 kilometres) at a cost of Rs 76 crore, Kodikanyana (one kilometre) at a cost of Rs one crore and Maravanthe (3.5 kilometres) at a cost of Rs 92.23 crore.
Elaborating over the ongoing works at the proposed 87-kilometre long Malpe-Agumbe-Theerthalli stretch of the national highway, the minister said the department is working on the detailed project report (DPR). "There are nearly 40 metres of RTC land available which is sufficient to construct a four-lane road. The project would surely not harm the environment, studies are taken up in the direction. If the tunnel is built to safeguard the wild animals, it will lead to extra five kilometres of the stretch," he said.
Mahadevappa visited Hangarukatte to look into the functioning of the newly inaugurated barge. He said the Central government will be guarantor for the ABD loan. It is 70:30 proportionate in fund allotments and 30% will be the state’s investment.