Mangaluru, Nov 16, 2017: PWD minister H C Mahadevappa’s statement in the legislature of the forthcoming closure of Shirady Ghat - the city’s lifeline to Bengaluru - for second phase of repairs from January 1, 2018,has been received in this coastal city with displeasure.
Among many things, this effectly means travelling to and from the state capital will be time-consuming for all concerned, and one that will impact travel time, besides pushing up costs of perishables-especially vegetables.
The Mangaluru division of KSRTC is already gearing up for this impending closure, has tentatively decided to run its luxury buses via Madikeri and Mysuru and its express service via Charmady Ghat. KSRTC divisional controller said closure will mean extra running time over an additional distance of 40 km via Mysuru, and additional fuel costs. "With heavy vehicles and buses forced to opt for this route, traffic density will result in slower movement," he said.
Noting that the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been pressing for early repairs of the road, chamber president Vathika Pai said alternative routes via Charmady and Sampaje Ghats must be in good condition to take the load of vehicles which will be plying on the route, due to the closure of the Shirady Ghat road. "The repairs and closure is inevitable," Vathika said. "Our early assessment of the situation indicates a marginal rise in cost of perishables which normally reach us via Shirady - the shortest route," she said.
Rajavarma Ballal, president, Karnataka State Bus Owners’ Federation, too said the current state of Shirady Ghat has only forced the government’s hands in this regard. He added that better close the road now, as transporters are bleeding heavily by running buses on what is left of the road. The alternative routes will inconvenience commuting passengers. The government must consider closing one part of the road and allow traffic on the other.
DK DC Sasikant Senthil said he will get in touch with his Hassan counterpart and the superintendents of polices of Dakshina Kannada and Hassan districts, to work out alternative routes, in view of the above development. "I haven’t taken a view on this, but will come up with alternative arrangements at the earliest," Senthil assured. The administration is likely to go with the same alternative routes that were in place for first phase of closure of the ghats.
Alternative routes possible :
Route A- Hassan-Belur-Mudigere-Charmadi Ghat-Belthangady-Ujire-BC Road-Mangaluru. Total length is 188km (20 km longer)
Route B-Hassan-Sakleshpur-Anemahal-Hanbal-Jennapura-Mudigere-Charmadi Ghat- Belthangady-Ujire-B C Road-Mangaluru. Total length 190 km (22 km longer)
Route C-Hassan-Sakleshpur-Belur-Mudigere-Charmadi Ghat-Belthangady-Ujire-BC Road- Mangaluru. Total length 190 kms (22 km longer).
Route D-Bengaluru-Ramanagar-Mysuru-Hunsur-Madikeri-Puttur-Sampaje-Mani-B C Road- Mangaluru. 402-km (42 km longer).
Route E- Hassan-Holenarasipura-K R Nagar-Hunsur-Madikeri-Puttur-Mani-B C Road- Mangaluru. Total length 309-km (139-km longer).