Mangaluru: Idea of tunnel under Shiradi Ghat comes to fore

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 20: Within days after the world's longest 'Atal Tunnel' was inaugurated at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, the proposal to have a tunnel through the Western Ghats to reach Bengaluru has gained some momentum.

The tunnel, if it comes up, will be an alternative to the current national highway 75. The tunnel is proposed to be 23.4 km long from Addahole to Maranahalli in Hassan district. The estimated project cost is Rs 12,000 crore. National Highways Authority of India has submitted the detailed project report to the central government.


Environmentalists, however, question the need to have such a tunnel. Just because a tunnel was dug in Himachal Pradesh does not mean that the Western Ghats too have the carrying capacity, they argue. They say that precious nature of Western Ghats has been lost for Bengaluru-Mangaluru railway line, hydel power project at Gundia, for B C Road highway, Yettinahole project etc. They point out that because of this onslaught, we have been witnessing the ill effects during the rainy seasons in the recent past. They say that if a tunnel is rigged here, it will deliver another major blow to Western Ghats and Kempuhole rivulet, which is the source of River Netravati, may go dry and the project may prove to be disastrous for Dakshina Kannada district.

Need for tunnel

Even though the distance between Bengaluru and Chennai and Bengaluru and Mangaluru are the same, businessmen depend on Chennai for exporting their products as heavy vehicles feel it tough to negotiate steep road bends on the ghat road. If this tunnel is created comprising seven tunnels of 12.41 metres each in addition to underpasses, over bridges, roads and straight roads, vehicles can move faster and driving is easier.

Environmentalist Dinesh Holla, says that seven dams are being built as part of Yettinahole project and wants to know what happens if something happens at the tunnel. He pointed out that even though landslides have been occurring in the Western Ghats during the rainy seasons, the geological department study report has not yet been obtained by the government. He said that it is advisable to obtain all reports covering individual aspects and opinions of the people and environmentalists before proceeding further in the matter.


Comment on this article

  • Praveen, Hamburg

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    There is no need for a new tunnel. Just close the existing road on the hilly side and on top (inverted L shape) , and with only pillars on the open side.

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  • Terence, Yekkur

    Thu, Oct 22 2020

    Key points
    Atal tunnel length 9 km
    Work started 2010 and finished 2020
    Money spend 3200 cr
    Construction world's 4 top construction company Strabag- from Austria patnerd with Indian company Afcons only used for manpower

    Shiradi ghat tunnel length 24 km
    Assuming to finish this construction 40 years
    Money spending limit 12000 cr but we have a reputation so there's no limit every one get chance to eat the money
    Construction don't know who'll take the responsibility if the person who built pumpwell flyover then God please save us

    Chow chow

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  • Ravi, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Along with the tunnel let there be parallel railway tunñel too. Railways proposing speeding up to 160 kms per hours speed we can reach Bangalore in 2-1/2 hours. No development took place in this district due to high transportation cost and our youngsters have to migrate to get employment. Development is a permanent change earlier we adopt it will benefit all.

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    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Great idea . Modi is the only leader who can do this. Great leader in history of India. Naleen Kumar kateel also need to be appreciated for his tremdous effort he puts to improve his continuency . He is a god given gift for Mangalore. The development he has done his only 2 tenture if 10 times more than all other combined previous leaders. I don't have words to express my happiness.

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Padil railway underpass only flooded like swimming pool then how to go abut tunnel ?

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  • Gauthama, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Looks like people forgot about pump well flyover. One chintu flyover took ten years, keep dreaming of tunnels.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    These people can't build a simple Bridge ...

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Mountain cutting is not good for the environment. Mountains are balancing the geographical spere of the area. These days technology and humans interfering every where of mother earth

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Modi hai tho mumkin hai.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Shiradi Ghat developed

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    instead of spending huge amount of money for da tunnel , dey should have mooted a plan 4 double railway line 2 da existing single line & run 3 passenger trains from mangalore 2 bangalore daily & da goods train could have moved freely thereby reducing traffic on roadways. our dk & udupi district people r not interested in making dis possible. da mla's & mp's r useless, lethargic & docile representatives. India will never come up unless peoples mentality is changed.

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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Wah Paisam kya baat hai! Maanta hoon aaj toh aapne kaam ki baat ki hai. The existing roads and railway lines need to be developed and well maintained. Yettinahole project has almost destroyed ecological balance in the region in addition to gulping huge kickbacks by politicians. A tunnel under the Western Ghats will definitely destroy nature, moreover it can be disastrous during rainy season. Considering the regional topography we cannot compare this tunnel with Himachal Pradesh or with one on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. With the world facing the problem of global warming, it’s time for the future governments to contemplate more on environmental friendly developments.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Yes... That would be a great idea..... Because it will solve many hurdles of court cases for land acquisition, environment issues, etc....
    Fortunately I am involved in one such Deep Water Tunnel Project in Dubai to take storm water from Expo Site to Sea initially and then entire Jebel Ali and Dubai Investment Park area will be connected later

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  • R.L., Udupi/USA

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    To do this kind of projects congress has to come back in power BJP can’t handle this kind of projects. They only know how to get credit . Thanks

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  • Sathish Kumar Shetty, Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    We are missing congress rule in Karnataka, by this time we had not only ste-l Fly over also development of elevated ste-l city at south Bangalore to over come rain water flood.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Bjpee can only name projects which was started during UPA...

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  • Krish, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    BJP regieme only.........

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    These all the plans like YETTINAHOLE project the more it goes STRETCHED the more money they will mint !!!

    even their grand grand children yield out of that because it will take years to complete and as the years go the cost will grow so the income of politician grand grand children grow !!

    This is a smart investment plan of Politicians !! Almost all politicians are near to the dying age and they cant see the end of the project because its a GOVT project which will takes at least 100 years to complete. Classic example is PUMPWELL CIRCLE !!

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  • austin, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    This will only be a money making racket for the politicians officials contractors and their cronies and total waste of people’s money. We already have the yettinahole project which has gone into dumps even generating drop of water. There is really no need of such a tunnel. The roads are wide enough and if they are maintained well they can to accommodate the traffic. Let us all stop this nonsense

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  • Rohit Correa, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    This is the great effort. Keep it up. We must move on towards development with minimal damage to nature. The project will reduce environmental pollution by a huge amount by burning lesser fuel for generations to come. I pray this becomes a reality.

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  • Bharath jain, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    First keep the road in good condition

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  • Mohan banjan bajpe, Bajpe .. kateel Road at permude

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    It's the dream projects must comes true for economic development

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Road repairy malpere gathi ijj... And these people r planning to construct tunnels... Repair the road first ..

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    No need of Tunnel, the Ghat section roads were recently improved after spending so much. With half of that money, finish BC Road to Gundya NH widening project which is pending.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    God knows what the coastal criticizers have to say sarcastically!
    They prefer only Pumpwell.

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Wed, Oct 21 2020

    Travel on the ghat section in KSRTC sarige bus.. u will feel like ur on a roller costal ride... Let them repair the road first... Many accidents are taking place due to pot holes, n few places there r gundis..

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