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Mangalore: New Netravati bridge opens to traffic, temporarily


Mohan Kuthar
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Mar 20: The new Netravati bridge, constructed on 24 pillars along national highway 66, was thrown open to traffic here on Thursday March 20, bringing huge but temporary relief to commuters who had been facing frequent traffic jams on this route.

After puja at Jeppu Gurvana Temple on Wednesday March 19, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) of Mangalore south division Pawan Nejjoor on Thursday inaugurated the new bridge for temporary use by cutting the ribbon.

As a small portion of the work at the south end of the bridge is yet to be completed, vehicular movement will be allowed only for 20 days. With vehicles passing over the bridge during this period, the edge of the bridge would get levelled. Thereafter, the work will be completed, and the bridge will be opened to traffic once again.

The work on the new bridge started on October 26, 2010. With several problems coming in the way, the bridge that was supposed to be ready in two years' time took 3.5 years to complete. Due to technical issues with Navayug company that undertook the project and encroachment of the place, the work moved at a slow pace, said Navayug company assistant project manager Shyam Krishna.

The bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore. The bridge which rests upon 24 pillars has auto latching scheme mechanism purchased from China.

"Under the supervision of project manager Sanjay Kumar Singh the work went on smoothly. From Pumpwell to Talapady work on four minor bridges along with a major bridge has been completed. The flyover connecting Pumpwell and Thokkottu will be ready in four months," said the assistant project manager.


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  • saritha, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 10 2014

    so nice

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  • javeed khan, mangalore (kuwait)

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Utter carelessness ..you cannot open any bridge's without a safety concrete barricade's on the side,
    no street lights placed in bridge & no footpath !
    i think to complete this project work all corruption peoples are included! so all above works are incomplete

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  • Lion John Francis Dsouza, Leo Dsouza Lane, Milagres, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Why is the new bridge opened ' temporarily ' ? Is there fear that it may collapse ?

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  • Umesh Rao, Mangalore/ Muscat

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    It is the first time I am hearing that the movement of traffic has to level the edges of a bridge before the work can be finished !! What is this a see-saw ??

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    At least people are alert now. So many alerted on the safety wall which was supposed to be mandatory here. Earlier projects were done and handed over just like this. Nobody raise any concern. What kind of projects are there yaar ? how the authority people just says ...from one finee day ... ok start using it. Who evaluated the kind of work done, safety measures, street lights... foot paths... nothing. and we are told to start using it. bloody, these buggers pull projects for years and years and still end of the day such a poor quality fly overs and bridges are handed over.... Pity on ourselves to be a part of this country and being rules by such leaders who are playing on these big contractors or builders directions....

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  • Nithin, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Dear all sounds like we all happy, but as per the international safety standard you cannot open any bridge's without a safety concrete barricade's on the side. looks like some of them has been covered with steel for temporary . why we always bypass the safety, and if there any accident who will take responsibility . so far in india non of the officer's or company been blame'd for their lacking of safety . if someone die in accident over here by hitting this steel fence and going down . who will be responsible. is it DC or minister's. we are in a hurry to hand over the project .

    PLEASE USE THE SAFETY AS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN IN ANY PROJECT . THINK ABOUT IF? THEN U WILL GET ANSWER . i'm sure if someone die due to this nobody will say a single word they ANDD MARAY ALPA ACCIDENT'D SITHERGETHA. BAYANKRA MARRAYA . A SIDE'D CONCRETE PADOODU ITHND. DADA MANPUNE YERDA PANPUNE. That's it story finish. saithi naye saithe adeg mugind kathe ellade podu kori thind jethnda and . WE HAVE TO BE PROACTIVE AND ASK THE GOVT REPRESENTATIVE TO STOP THIS . LETS NOT OPEN THE ROAD UNTIL IT MEET'S THE SAFETY STANDER'D . BY DOING THIS WE CAN PREVENT ROAD ACCIDENT'S

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  • vinod, dubai

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Footpath money maya madidaare adae opening madalu yake yaroo baralilwa minister maya ennu 20 varshada tanaka maintenance maya

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  • R K, Doha/ Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Vinod Anna @ footpath money commission nalli cut ageede

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  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    4th photo from top.. the pic shows there is no wall to protect the vehicles falling down from the bridge. Full safety.. if there is traffic, then the vehicles can jump to water like Amir did in Dhoom 3

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    No brother there is a wall on both the sides(angle of the photo creates an illusion), but you can see there are no street lights and no room for error for 2 wheeler either. Dangerous bridge

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  • Raymond DSouza, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    The flyover connecting Pumpwell and Thokkottu will be ready in four months,".
    Hope the flyover will be ready at least after a year if not four months.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    It is fairly risky to allow the operation in Netravati new bridge temporarily without completion of the work.This will really give scope to unwanted incidents.Hope the department takes special precautions on this and complete the work early.Thanq.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Nope, no footpath! There are 3 tracks, though, Which makes it equally dangerous and Vulnerable for accidents. you should see the speed in which the buses go while on the bridge. I felt like i was flying.

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  • shailu, mlore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    No footpath???

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  • Shankar, mangalore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    while you had one bridge, no complaints. now when you have a new second bridge, you need a footpath!
    Hasidavanige anna kotre, thuppa elvenri andnathe!

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    so the big question when is the toll booth going be erected and functional?

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  • dam, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    Good news for Mangalore after many days.... keep it up...

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  • P S Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    There is no wall on one side of this new bridge. It is very risky for vehicle drivers during night time. So bridge should be closed during night time or just make it one-way only.
    Especially Two Wheeler riders have to be extremely careful while driving on this bridge during the night, because Truck and Bus drivers never make their vehicle head-lights dim even if there are good street lights OR even when they see vehicles coming from the opposite direction, and such powerful lights of heavy vehicles make the two wheeler riders blind for a moment and they may fall down the bridge.

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    In fact, there was no Technical problem at all.
    The Promoter of this Construction Company- the son of late Andhra C.M - was in jail for one year and was facing a CBI inquiry for political reasons. That is why this bridge was delayed for more than 18 months, and probably there was cost escalation. Corruption in our Political system is the main cause of such inordinate delay in all infrastructure projects, and Taxpayers have to bear the extra burden.
    AAP is the only solution for such deep rooted maladies.

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  • saritha, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 10 2014

    so nice

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  • jatin, mlore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    The technical issue was unfortunately behind bars . Once he got released, the issue got sorted out and the bridge got completed. People who have daily experience the frustrating delay in completion of this project will teach the Congress govt which will be remembered for ages .

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  • Deepak, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    it is opened temporarily, take care while driving!!! Authority is not very sure of the bridge that it can carry the full load of the traffic. Better take other diversion for some months till turned to be a good bridge to drive. May be lot of kickbacks paid to politicians and government officials to get awarded to contractors.

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