Mangaluru, Mar 04, 2015: Briefing media, after inspecting the Nanthoor Circle, along with department officials on March 1, in the wake of receipt of complaints on frequent road mishaps in the area.
The DK DC said complaints on Nanthoor Circle being unscientific and. urgent measures will be taken to control road accidents, he said. National Highway Authority Project Director Vijay Kumar said that the proposal to construct an underpass at National Highway 66 from KPT to Pumpwell, retaining the road from Bikarnakatte to Nanthoor, DK DC A B Ibrahim said a Rs 60 crore proposal towards construction of an underpass at Nanthoor Junction has been sent to the central government.
The present bus stand at Nanthoor Circle will be shifted. The highway will be widened after reducing the width of the road divider. Humps will be constructed at the point Nanthoor junction, joins the road from KPT. Also, the flower shops on the side of NH towards Bikarnakatta will be cleared, said ACP (Traffic) Uday Naik.
Public grievances poured in after a serial of accidents at Nanthoor circle recently claiming innocent lives. Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, MCC Deputy Commissioner(Development) Kantharaju, ACP Vishnuvardhan and others were present.
Public complaints : Nanthoor residents had handed over two cents land for Highway widening earlier. Again, the government acquired 18 cents land for over-bridge. Every cent of land is worth more than Rs 5 lakh in this area. But, the officials fixed Rs 65,000 per cent. Neither the amount was paid, not an over bridge. Now, the officials are asking for more land towards Nanthoor circle development, he said.
Meanwhile public alleged that as per the rules, while constructing the National Highway, a driver road visibility of 200 meters is required. But, the vehicle riders coming from Pumpwell cannot see the vehicles coming in the opposite direction near Nanthoor circle. The problem could be solved by developing the circle by acquiring the land belonging to the relative of a minister. But, every time, the land is acquired on only one side.
On the other side, the officials have allowed to build a multi-storied buildings adjacent to the road. Hence, the problem has remained unsolved, alleged the public. Thre are several shortfalls that the public highlights.