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Kundapur: Public show outrage over incomplete flyover and highway work

Silvester D'Souza

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (MS)

Kundapur, Aug 10: "The highway work is kept pending since 9 years with the lame excuse of rain. If the tollgate is mobbed and toll collection is stopped the contractors will fall in line," screamed public, highlighting their unhappiness over the inordinate delay in the highway work, at the interactive meeting that was chaired by assistant commissioner (AC) T Bhoobalan at the auditorium of Kundapur taluk panchayat on the subject of 'Traffic Management and Road Safety'.

Vehicle parking issue

The auto rickshaw drivers complained that there is a lack of parking space in the town. Fine is being levied without assigning proper parking place for public vehicles. Vehicles that are parked in front of the shops are fined but the builders who have built the buildings without making provision for parking space are not taken to task. There was a suggestion to introduce paid parking. Replying to the suggestion, Gopalakrishna Shetty, chief officer of the town municipality said, "There is ample space near junior college. If AC permits, we will draft a plan."

“There are about 20 banks inside Kundapur city and their parking space is filled by the vehicles of their staff. There should be a policy for customers’ parking in the vicinity of the banks. Buses should be asked not to park in front of board high school,” said some of the people in the meeting.

KSRTC buses entering city bus stand

Private bus owners objected to the issue of KSRTC buses entering the bus stand that is inside the town and said that a complaint has been already given to the Lokayukta with regards to this issue. AC Bhoobalan who verified the decision given by the Lokayukta said that there is no mention prohibiting the entry of KSRTC buses to the city bus stand in the order.

“There is a traffic problem near Kundapur Gandhi Maidan. The reason is those who come to the maidan for walking are parking their vehicles on the road near the maidan. There will be no traffic problem if they come by walk from their residences. Fuel can be saved and they will be able to walk more,” suggested a citizen.

Separate stickers for auto rickshaws

When the issue of movement of rural auto rickshaws in the city area was raised, B Dinesh Kumar, DySP, said that separate colour coding stickers will be given to differentiate between rural and town auto rickshaws. The DySP also clarified that the loading and unloading of vehicles is not permitted between 9 am to 6 pm within town limits. Dinesh Kumar also said that verification of vehicle records of government as well as private buses will take place on August 13 and buses which do not carry proper documents will be barred from operating.

Don't instigate public says DySP

There was a public outcry in the meeting regarding the non-completion of flyover work near Shastri Circle, underpass work near Murukai, Basrur is not yet started. It is not possible to travel from Murukai to KSRTC. Public also opined that the Navayuga Company is not at all bothered to continue the work.

The concerned official of the Navayuga Company in reply to the public outcry said, "The works will be completed before May 2019. The service road is ready. Once the rainy season is over, we will do the work of filling mud."

AC Bhoobalan instructed the Navayuga Company to complete the flyover work and open the same for traffic by April 2019.

DySP B Dinesh Kumar warned the company not to create a situation where in the public will get agitated and mob the tollgate. 

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Like Mangalore,Sullia assembly constituency Kundapura is also under BJP ruling for last 25 years. In other hand Manipal and Brahmavar once use to be small villages today it has grown beyond Kundapura.

    If one visit Kundapura town weekly market as it this yard was left seems like ruins from Hakka bukka rulers. Only Bus station is overcrowded. The city has no drainage system so everything is straight with treatment dumped to the river from which residence fetch fish. During Communist ruling the city has smooth road. Today the same roads looks roller coaster. The stretch of highway passing through the city without any traffic lights looks like war torn Afghanistan of 1980.

    Perhaps undivided Canara is the only place in the world were the commuters has to pay to pass through the toll gates for incomplete roads.

    The sitting MLA who likes chew betel leaves resting in his farm hours waiting for his turn for ministry seems not interest to visit this roads once on foot.

    When it comes to development BJP knows only to blame the past, but in reality they can't even deliver 'Oxygen' to hospitals nor provide good roads.

    Is anyone from the constituency can list one major project which has taken by the sitting MLA in the last 25 years other than central funded?

    Jai Hind

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  • Satya, Dubai

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Vinayak Theater to Sangam cross, Kundapur looks like Syria. Flyover construction stooped for 9 years. Highway condition is worst. Drainage system horrific.
    In other word Highway condition is worst than any African poorest countries.
    Its capability of our Politicians.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Udupi and DK are having BJP MP's since nearly 30 years. What have they done apart from fooling Hindu voters in the name of Mandir and Cows?

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  • KIRAN, udupi

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Helmet compulsory in Udupi and mlore District only..................................?
    If you pass kundapur nobody wearing Helmet, especially in north karnataka
    Is supreme court order only for coastal district...............?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Nalin Kumar tried his best but he Failed ...

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  • ASHOK SHETTY, kundapur

    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    Traffic police only asking documents from Two wheelers and why not car owners ....................?

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    Fri, Aug 10 2018

    The slow work progress or no progress of building the highway NH17/NH66 by the company awarded by the Highway Authorities of India is simply a scam and a case of gross negligence of authority.

    Every tender anywhere in the world has a completion period and a contract sum - in the case of this Contractor and the concerned Authority there seems something unethical and unacceptable going on.

    No amount of agitation or news on media can solve this everlasting problem, unless the work is
    stopped, present contractor is penalized and kicked out, and a new contract is tendered and a
    professional company in road works is awarded the contract.

    Parking Lots and Parking buildings must be constructed by the Government of Karnataka, all
    over the cities all over Karnataka, as the volume of sale of cars and motorcycles have increased a 100 fold, but the Authorities like the Transport Dept. are not proactive and conduct no study, no survey, and are not taking any steps to make PAY AND PARK provisions to the general public. All available land is sold to private builders so that easy 12% GST and 6% Registration is collected as Revnue and
    in return nothing is provided, not even a Garbage Bin in public places, leave alone decent Pavements for Pedestrians or drainage to contain water logging on roads and flooding.

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