Mangaluru: Pavoor Uliya bridge issue - Another year of fake promises

Stany Bela 

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru 

Mangaluru, Nov 20: Residents of Pavoor Uliya Island, who since decades are suffering without connectivity to mainland, call the year 2019 as another year of fake promises, politically motivated assurances and dramatic visits by MLC, MLA and local elected representatives. 

The residents like every year have started constructing a temporary bridge across the river, giving up hope that government will listen to their woes and construct a bridge. 

Last year, Daijiworld had published a series of news articles highlighting government’s apathy towards the residents of Pavoor Uliya Island. The issue became state news, after which the MLA, MLC and district administration officials visited the island and assured to construct a bridge across the river. But later nothing happened. Even the temporary bridge constructed by residents using their own money was destroyed by some miscreants who are closely connected to the local sand mafia. Without a bridge, children are unable to go to school in the rainy season and are forced to drop out from schools. Two deaths took place in the island as the family members could not take the people who were ill to the hospital in time. 

When the entire district was flooded due to heavy rains this year, 80 per cent of Pavoor Uliya Island was submerged under water. The trapped families were rescued by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel. NDRF personnel also faced difficulties to reach this island. But as usual, after the rains subsided, the district administration and elected representatives forgot their promises and assurances. The residents who have gotten used to the apathy have started rebuilding their lives from scratch. 

This year again, they are constructing a temporary bridge which is 1200 meters long. They are using metal rods and wood for the construction. 

Speaking to Daijiworld, Fr Jerry, who takes the initiative of constructing the temporary bridge every year after collecting money from donors said, “During summer, a temporary wooden bridge is installed. This year also we constructed the same, at a cost of Rs 3.5 lac. Up to next rainy season, the residents can use this bridge. After Pavoor Uliya issue was highlighted in local and state media, the officials of district administration and the elected representatives visited the island and promised a permanent solution within a year. But after that, no one has turned up. The local MLA and representatives have completely ignored the people of this island," 

“It is my kind request to NGOs and private organisations to help residents of Pavoor Uliya Island to get facilities from government. They do not have much education to fight for their rights and there are no proper leaders who can lead an agitation,” he added. 

The island has around 50 students studying in various schools and colleges. To go to the other end, they assemble near a boat boarding point by 6.30 am. Due to the salt water, the students need at least 4 to 5 pairs of footwear every year and they skip classes whenever there are heavy rains. 

“At the time of election, the candidates visit this island and assure to build a bridge and provide other facilities. But once the election is over, promises are forgotten. Every day the river gets deeper due to frequent digging of sand. There are many illegal sand mining units operating in surrounding areas of our island. It makes us afraid and if the sand mining continues, definitely the island will disappear within few years.” says a resident.

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Comment on this article

  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 25 2019

    Better to put banner with mla/mlc identity with promise made date and promise not realized as these people visit with their chelas they may read understand

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangady/Udupi

    Fri, Nov 22 2019

    Where is Ivan and ascar !!! Lobo !!

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    Fri, Nov 22 2019

    Pumpwell is finally promised and ribbon cutting ceremoney by inviting Modi on first week of jan.
    sorry year is missing once again.

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  • vikky, kudla

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    sir A F also mention ullal drainge project

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur/USA

    Fri, Nov 22 2019

    Most of the bridges will be under water anyway in a few years.
    Move to Betaar, Ghaatar, or Quatar in time.

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    How and why did people go and settle in such island where there is no approach.
    Do the people own the land? How is power supply given?

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  • Ponkra, Pilar - Shirva

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Since 2014 only empty & fake promises only and not inaction.

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Considering the hardship caused to this island during monsoons and the very threat of this island existing due to the sand mafia the Government should address the cries of the people by building a bridge to the main land and stop the illegal sand mining by the sand mafia. Though there are no leaders of political stature in Uliya, the Catholic Association leaders of Mangalore Diocese under the leadership of the Capuchins could take it up with the local administration. Instead of looking at the problem from a religious angle the administration should consider the need of a bridge for the poor people of Uliya.

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    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Forget about the past Government. Now what Present Government is doing??? Don't show finger to others, see rest of the fingers directions. Present Government is busy to survive. Why not you admit.???? Administration is ZERO.

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    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Promises made to broken and that too made by any POLITICIAN cant expect anything you feel betrayed or devastated or disgusted ! and why not ? nowadays only lies are ruling in the front line ! if you say the truth you will be thrown in the corner ! for example ! if you visit a bank and ask for loan they will make feel that the money lending its from their ancestor property and make you almost impossible to approve the loan but same time a phone call from politician or MALLYA type people call without documents approve the amount with blank cheque ! surprised !! this is called INDIA and Democracy of INDIA !

    People you are not begging for the bridge to repair ! its public money you are asking for the usage of public ! TAX PAID for the general public work not for any hanky penky politicians pocket and their families world tour expenses !

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    As long as fake politicians are ruling us, these kind of promises are bound to happen....!!!!???

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    As most of the people living on other side of the bank are porbus, they need to wait till 2024 at least, when the country will reach five trillion economy. MOreover, minorities are not given any importance as they do not vote for the saffron party.

    Jai Sanatana

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    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    At least the same probuS made citizen of this nation EDUCATED otherwise these people would have seen with same KOMANA and OH BOLLA OH in JUNGLE !

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    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Aandha Bhaktas want Feku Government only . Can't help. After 2014 every where fake promises.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    G r prabhu
    Who was ruling during last rainy season 2018?, or for that matter since 2013 to 2019 July ur dongis were ruling. Further who wax MLA from 2013 to 2018? Under who's Jurisdiction this area falls?,
    Just blaming without knowledge is of no use

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    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Forget about the past Government, say something about your present Government, busy to survive. Administration ZERO. Don't be a Aandha Bhaktas group.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    This time kick out all Feku's ...

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  • Beppa, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Already done in last election.
    Now country and state in Good Hands.

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    Yea...Privatizing all PSUs one by one and at last privatizing the country...very safe hands

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