Mangaluru: Proposed Netravati bridge-Kannur bypass road to ease traffic chaos


Johnas Sequeira
With Additional Pics by Dayanand Kukkaje

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jun 23: Commuting on major roads in and around the city has been rendered nightmarish of late on account of influx of large number of vehicles and mad rush. Vehicles pour into the main roads from various connecting roads, choking the traffic as a consequence at the main road. Therefore, highways which are built for faster and smoother driving, are proving to be otherwise in a number of cases around the city. Therefore a need is always felt for alternative roads which can de-congest the traffic, apart from providing access to interior rural belts of the coast.

A case in point is Mahaveer circle (Pumpwell) from where roads fan off towards Kerala, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. The situation here is always chaotic, and vehicles move at painstakingly slow pace. One of the reasons for this situation is the rise in the number of vehicles which move towards Bengaluru after reaching the circle from the direction of Kasargod through national highway 66. There is no good approach road to Mangaluru Junction railway station. This situation can be addressed to a great extent by building a bypass road from Netravati bridge to Adyar-Kannur via Jeppinamogaru, feels Mangaluru (south) MLA, J R Lobo.

During the visit of state PWD minister, H C Mahadevappa, to the city recently in connection with the inaugural of the court road, Lobo submitted a proposal for building an eight-km-long bypass road with a width of 30 feet, which he asserts, will release the pressure on the highway. The MLA requested the minister to provide for funds for this road, which may cost around Rs 20 crore.

Speaking to daijiworld, Lobo asserted that this road, once built, will not only bring down pressure of vehicles on the roads in city, but will also result in expansion of the city, and connect it with the rural pockets adjoining the city. He felt that this road will also pave way for the development of hinterland lying on the bank of River Netravati.

Lobo, who conducted inspection of the spot in the company of PWD officials and local corporator Praveen Chandra Alva last week, is optimistic about the prospects of this road giving a boost to tourism. "This is a beautiful area, and ideally suited for development of tourism. Even though it is close to the city, it suffers from lack of good roads as of now. Therefore, we will try to get funds for the bypass road from the tourism and PWD departments," he explained.

The proposed bypass road, which will connect the city with Bengaluru via Jeppinamogaru, will help people using Mangaluru Junction railway station. "In addition, we will take care to ensure that the level of the road is above flood level, with additional facilities like jogging track, cycling track, and seats," Lobo added.

Lobo said that the PWD minister has already directed officials of his department to conduct survey of the land required for the bypass road and prepare a detailed project report as soon as possible. The inspection conducted by the MLA in the company of PWD officials was in tune with this exercise.

If this project is executed as planned, it promises to turn into a landmark in the city with serene and green environment and other facilities, which would greatly enhance the beauty of coastal Karnataka, apart from contributing to ease the traffic on the highway near the city.

  

Comment on this article

  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    Who is that grey haired Man in full sleeve shirt with Mr. Lobo. He is been there in all road development related photographs of MCC irrespective of the political parties in power. Is he the one accountable for all road issues in Mangalore?

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  • VR, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    There is certainly need to add a 4 lane arch like looking by-pass starting near Surathkal passing close to the airport, passing through NH48, crossing Netravati in a completely new bridge and eventually joining NH17 well south of Konaje. This will help not only create an alternate route to NH 17 passing through Mangalore city, but also will prevent traffic coming from and to Bangalore side and heading to Udupi or Kerala side entering Mangalore city area. Acquiring land to build this new road will be the biggest challenge. From future growth point of view, acquiring land for 3 lane on either side would also help the city to spread out and bring in more development. Mr. Lobo seems to understand the growth needs of Mangalore better than other politicians. They need to work hard to bring the needed change. Good luck Mr. Lobo.

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  • P. Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    "GAALI GOPURA"....

    We appreciate your interest but,

    First try to complete the existing projects then go for proposing new projects.

    Mangalore main Bus stand, Mangalore central fish Market, DC office, National high ( 8 years completed), Public vehicle parking within the Mangalore city.

    Don't try to jump to sky now. Your term is only 5 years unless you win again. I other Government comes then your project will remain as a proposal.

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  • Max, Mlore

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    @Kumara, Poora Lobo sir maltunda Kateeler dada photo posu korre matrana no-1 MPda.

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  • P. Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    Mr. Max...

    Lobo saar malpunu....

    State Government yenhinekku jopparena.

    Pardu press conference lepparena??

    Yetha Guru thatha Shishya.........Niklu suderere ijji....

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  • Krups, Mlore

    Wed, Jun 24 2015

    Stupid foolish people work for NHAI and they plan and another set of fools approve that unscientific chaotic plan.
    Cannot even build 10 km of straight National Highway in DK. SHAME

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  • hussain, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    building central bus stand remains as dream for Mangaloreans from the last 20 years

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  • R DSouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Assembly Election is few years away and our politicians started building castle in the air for public!. What happened shifting of bus stand to Pumpwell? What happened to Mangala Corniche road? So many proposals so many promises by BJP as well as Congress governments!!! Ha...Ha..This new proposal may not materialize during lobo's life time!!!!

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  • Ramakrishna A K , Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    No one is thinking to ease the chaotic condition in B C Road due to sudden increase in traffic from Bengaluru & Mysuru. Daily there is traffic jam in B C Road town. Who is responsible for that most unscientific fly-over in B C Road?

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    what happened to the project named 'Mangala Corniche' which is supposed to run along the riverside encircling the city of Mangalore. The proposed bypass road does it not overlap the route of the said Mangala Corniche proposal?

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  • Khaleel Ullal, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Am 100% sure if this come true.. Mangalore will be heaven for nature lovers..

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  • fuhaid, jeddah

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Mr. Praveen alva is a visionary and a hard worker for his constituency.
    may all the other corporators follow his footsteps for the improvement of the city

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  • avani, mlore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Very good Mr. Lobo. Good visionary proposal. I propose that this proposal be proposed as the best proposal and hope this good proposal will not remain a proposal like many other govt proposals.

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  • satish, kudla

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    .....please have a visit to see the flooded under pass railway bridge at bajal cross...

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  • Arthur Ronald D'souza, Belman/Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Great idea from peoples MLA always thinks of improvement of Mangalore,Keep it up.Small suggestion,wear life Jacket when ever u travel by water transport.

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  • avani, mlore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Very good Mr. Lobo. I propose this proposal to be proposed as a great proposal and I hope this great proposal will not remain a proposal as many other proposals.

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  • Madhav Rao, Kadri, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    This is beautiful. MLA Lobo should develop the bypass road with four lane road footpath cycling track in tourism perspective too. The money to be used to shift DC's complex in Alape, should be instead used for this project.

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  • Gangaram, Moodabidri

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Lobam eereg namana malla salam!!!

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 23 2015

    Great proposal and I hope many more good things in public interest would take place during Mr. Lobo's tenure as Mangaluru (south) MLA.
    A politician who always executes what he promises with sincerity and dedication on behalf of the citizens. 

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