Mangaluru, June 30, 2018: Shiradi Ghat: The second phase of the concretisation of Shiradi Ghat was completed June 29, Thursday night, 10 months ahead of schedule. Mangaluru-based Ocean Constructions India Pvt Ltd was set a deadline of April 9, 2019 to complete the 12.38-km stretch (Kemphole to Addahole).
However, work on the shoulder, guard walls, drainage and curing for the freshly laid concrete stretches will take a minimum of 15 days, according to sources.
DK DC Sasikanth Senthil is not keen on opening the Shiradi stretch till the completion of work on shoulders and guard walls, at least in critical points where accidents can prove fatal, it appears the stretch may not open after July 15.
However, assistant executive engineer T S Prasanna Kumar, National Highway subdivision (Sakleshpur) at the project site stated that eight teams are at work and each team has been given a target to build 50 metres of guard wall every day, by offering them double pay, to ensure the ghat can be opened at the earliest.
The 8.5-metre wide and 12.38-km long concretisation work costing Rs 61.57 crore commenced on January 12, 2018. Following pressure from authorities, concretisation work was completed in less than six months.