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Udupi: Finally, Malpe-Padukere bridge opens, Madhwaraj promises beach development

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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Mar 18: The long-awaited Malpe-Padukere bridge was inaugurated by minister for fisheries, and sports and youth service Pramod Madhwaraj here on Saturday, March 18.

Prior to the inauguration, a procession was taken from Ayyappa Swamy Temple in Malpe to the new bridge,

Addressing the gathering, minister Pramod said, "I feel fortunate to inaugurate the bridge. Now Padukere villagers will get relief from crossing the sea by boats. BJP leader, the late Dr V S Acharya who was a minister from here, and former Udupi MLA Raghupati Bhat a put much effort into this project during their terms. The foundation stone for the bridge was laid on August 29, 2013.

"In May 2013, I became MLA for Udupi and got to work on this bridge, but the government did not allot funds under the Nagarothana in the first budget. I raised a question regarding this with the government. Within a short time, CM Siddaramaiah announced Rs 1,000 crore for various development works, because of which the work on the bridge construction gathered speed," he said.

He further said, "We plan to develop Padukere beach into one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, considering that Malpe is a tourist place. I will hold a meeting with deputy commissioner soon to discuss about Padukere beach development."

Speaking about the new bridge, he said, "According to the first project plan, the width of the bridge was estimated at 4.25 meter with single lane. Then the project was redesigned, and the width of the intermediate lane was increased to 5.25 meter. Hence the whole process got stuck at one point and the work got delayed."

He also proposed three government buses for Malpe-Padukere and said that they would be launched shortly. "A meeting will be convened at the RTA, where I will discuss with the RTA officer about granting permits."

Regarding the state budget, he said, "Subsidy for diesel has been increased from Rs 120 crore to Rs 157 crore. The Karnataka government has announced bigger subsidy for 3,600 boats, as compared to other states. Those who have not gotten diesel subsidy and certificates for boats, will get them from April 1 onwards. Nearly Rs 337 crore has been announced for fisheries in the current state budget," said Pramod.

He also said that a new modern bus stand will come up at Malpe soon.

The construction of Malpe-Padukere bridge was first mooted by Annayyya Kundar four decades back.

The initial project cost was Rs 13 crore, but after the redesign, the estimation was increased to Rs 16.91 crore, including additional amount Rs 3.41 crore, which was reserved under SFC grant 2015-16 and Amrit Mahotsav project. In the days leading to the inauguration, former MLA Raghupati Bhat had demanded that the project be completed in 15 days. Pramod Madhwaraj, who later inspected the bridge, assured that it would be opened in a matter of 24 days.

Approach roads built at a cost of Rs 1 crore was inaugurated on the same occasion.

Meenakshi Madhav Bannanje, president, CMC Udupi, Sandhya Tilakraj, vice-president, CMC, Prashant Amin, councillor, Kola ward, Vijay Kundar, councillor, Malpe central ward, Satish Amin Padukere, president, Malpe-Padukere bridge in-charge committee, Narasimha Murthy, president, town planning authority, Janardhan Thonse, zilla panchayat member, Ganesh Nergi, nominated member for CMC, Shobha Kakkunje, Anand C Kundar, proprietor, Geethanand Foundation, Jagadish Bolur, managing director, Yojaka India Pvt Ltd, Mangaluru and others were present.

Interestingly, both Congress and BJP put up banners of their respective leaders at the venue, claiming credit for the project.

Comment on this article

  • SMR, Karkala

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    It is good to see the development in Karnataka without templet of 'Gujarat Model'. I appreciate the minister for delivering the much needed requirement.

    The developer should have paved the road with rubberised material to increase the durability of the construction.

    Quality of construction need more improvement. When British built bridges are still in service even after 100 years, new technology should be delivering more.

    Jai Hind

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    I would also like to thank Umesh Marpalli of Daijiworld for the fantastic photo coverage of the event. Daiji is the best for the latest news from all over the world.

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  • Ronny, Udyavara

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Congratulations, No Matter who started and who Finished.The fine job done by our udupi based Politicians/authorities is great and put lot of efforts to start and to Complete.we people surrounded by padukere Area are greatful to them. Thank you all for your wonderful efforts.It is a feather in our cap.God Bless us all.
    Ronald MachadUdyavara.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Extremely pleased with our MLA\s ambition - 'We plan to develop Padukere beach into one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, considering that Malpe is a tourist place. Definite advantage of having non corrupt MLA since he is rich before being elected as MLA! Everyone knows about some ex and current-MLA's! My opinion is, instead of blind party support, we should encourage such development cutting across religion and party line!

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  • Amigo, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    He is RICH not only before becoming MLA but he was rich before he BORN! He was born with a Golden Spoon!!!. Not like some other MLA'S from other party's who made 5Star hotels within 1 term of their MLAship.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Finally, the much awaited Malpe-Padukere bridge is open to the public. Thanks to Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for fisheries and sports and youth service who has put in a lot of effort and so also other earlier ministers. This bridge will be a great help to many. It will also boosts tourism.

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  • Amigo, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Where is Bhatta? Who was giving the ultimatum to the Son of the Soil, the True Leader, the Hero, one and only Pramod Madwaraj!!!!!. and Shameless CHADDIS put up the banners of BESHARAM JANARA PARTY'S people, where their contribution is "ZERO"

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Real development.Great son of soil.

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  • ALWYN SOANS, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2017


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  • Raghavendra m k, mumbai maharastra..

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    It is a great gift not only to Padukere people but also for people upto padubidiri on coastal line. moreover the an announcement by the minister to develop padukere beach, providing govt. bus service is additional gift to the people. Also tourist to udipi town can enjoy twin beaches of maple and padukere.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    With proper initiative Malpe beach can become another Calangute ...

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  • VR, Udupi

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Good that it completed. However, looks like the center of the bridge should have been raised by another 10 feet+ to allow smaller boat to cross to the other side. May be suspension bridge would have been cheaper to build. Gammon India or L&T could have designed it better. Even NITK engineers probably could have given a better design. Width is OK as the bridge will cater only the needs of local people and may be tourists.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    This is called Development ...

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  • satish, kudla

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Finally a wide bridge with footpath :)

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