Kundapur: 20 years on, dream of Hattikudru-Basrur bridge remains unfulfilled

Silvester D'Souza
Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Jun 18: Hattikudru-Basrur connecting bridge in the taluk has remained an unfulfilled dream since the last two decades. Even now the dream has not moved towards becoming a reality. Hattikudru, an isle located within Basrur gram panchayat, has been seeking a connecting bridge since several years but the people living here and undergoing the ordeal, have been complaining that the government has been deaf to their demands.

Hattikudru and Basrur are just a hundred metres apart. The isle is inhabited by 250 to 350 families with population of about 3,000. The isle is endowed with rich nature but spending four months of the rainy season has turned out to be hellish for these people year after year.


The families living in the isle surrounded by river have no other go but to use boats for travel. All the people have to cross Halady rivulet from Hattikudru and reach Basrur for their routines. About 150 to 160 children also cross the rivulet everyday to attend schools. When there is heavy rain, they are forced to be absent from their schools and colleges. As agricultural labourers,businessmen etc are totally dependent on Basrur for their routine, they too have to cross the rivulet with boat. Several such isles in the taluks have got bridge but the demand of the people here has become a far cry. Therefore, a sense of safety and security is missing from their lies.

People use boat to come to Basrur for treatment, get rations, or get education. Hattikudru had been an isle in the past without any bridge. In 2004, a bridge to connect Hattikudru with Hattiangady was built. But people using this bridge have to take a long detour to reach Basrur via Kundapur. People lost interest about having take too long a travel to go to Basrur and therefore have become dependent again on boats. Sand mining has also hurt Hattikudru a lot, and lack of basic amenities has ensured that this isle remains backward. People's representatives are the only hope for these people.

Although Hattikudru has sizable population, the demand for connecting bridge has somehow been neglected. Crossing the rivulet poses a huge challenge during rainy season. A local and former member of taluk panchayat, Hattikudru Babu Poojary, says that it is wrong on the part of the government to neglect this place, which has a population of over 3,000.

Another local, Krishna, who works as boatman, notes that about 150 students from here use boats to cross the rivulet and attend schools. He says that the three rainy season months pose the biggest challenge and travel by boats always raises concerns of safety. He says with concern that sick people, pregnant women etc also have to go through the ordeal of crossing the rivulet. He therefore, fully supports the demand for connecting bridge between Hattikudru and Basrur.


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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    No bridge in 70 years?
    Development done by khangress as per kam bhaktas
    Rural Dept money gone to khangress ppl fund?

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    People are suffering from years .. specially school kids daily doing up and dowon by boat ... what the elected MLA is doing .. .. The money which is reserved for rural devalopment is not even touch by elected MLA. from many years.. .. .. kundapur people should boycot the next voting ..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Ask any school girl to write a letter to Modi ...

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  • Wilson K B, Kundapura

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Yes people are suffering here due to lack of a bridge. High time a bridge is built here so that public can avoid suffering, Where are our leaders who are not caring for the public?

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Drop a letter to Yeddy and CC to PMO.

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  • Mohammed, Kundapur/Qatar

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    shobakka will not visit here, because it's not communally motivated.

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  • zia, dubai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Why are you so communal?why cant live in peace.Your words will tell what is your motivation.Change your view and live happy and don't indulge in keep dragging communal issue to such a extent that normal bridge will now goes to word of war.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Kundapur is very unlucky ...

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