Mangaluru: Pavoor Uliya is an island without connectivity - Join hands to build bridge here


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Oct 29: Even after seven decades of independence, and various central and state government constructing thousands of roads and bridges in the county, an island just 12 kilometres away from proposed Smart City Mangaluru, is without connectivity.

Pavoor Uliya, an island surrounded by the Netravathi River, has 52 houses, a church and a government school that was shut down recently. The only mode of transport for the residents to reach the mainland is the boat.



During summer, a temporary wooden bridge is installed. However, during the rainy season, one needs to take a boat to get off this island to go to school, work or for other daily activities. There are no street lights, no shops and no medical assistance available in this island. Hence, the residents have to depend totally upon either Mangalore city or Adyar or Farangipet.

Pavoor Uliya means ‘left over or remaining land’. The oval shaped island is spread over 250 acres. Flavy D’Souza, a home maker from this island could not save her husband seventeen years ago, when he had suffered a heart attack. He died as he could not be taken to the hospital in time due to lack of connectivity.

The story is not just of Flavy alone. Many other families too have suffered similar tragedies due to absence of a bridge to the mainland. The residents blame the apathy of people’s representatives and the district administration, and say that they are forced to live in stone-age like era, cut off from the outer world. Their problems get aggravated when heavy rains lash the region. The children who live in this island risk their lives every day to go to schools and colleges.

The island can be reached only by rowing for around 800 meters. “Every day is an adventurous trip. Juggling between boat, overflowing river with strong currents and heavy rains, we try to cross the Nethravati and go to school” says a student.

Woes of students

The island has around 50 students studying in various schools and colleges. To go to the other end, they have to assemble near a boat boarding point by 6.30 am. As there is salt water, they need at least 4 – 5 pairs of footwear every year and they skip classes whenever there is heavy flood in the river.

Most of the island dwellers here make a living by fishing and rolling beedies. However, due to rampant sand mining and other ecological imbalance, fishing activity has reduced and they are forced to take up alternative jobs outside the island. Though they live surrounded by water, they do not have water for consumption. Only one well situated adjacent to church provides drinking water for the entire village. “We are forced to drink salt water. We boil it first and then consume it,” says one of the residents.

"At the time of election, the candidates visit this island and assure to build a bridge and provide other facilities. But once the election is over, promises are forgotten. Every day the river gets deeper due to frequent digging of sand. There are many illegal sand mining units operating in surrounding areas of our island. It makes us afraid and if the sand mining continues, definitely the island will disappear within few years, “ says a resident.

Hence, the immediate need of the people of this island is to have at least a temporary bridge to connect to the main land, if not a permanent bridge. The said bridge will cost around Rs. 25 lacs. Therefore, the residents have formed a committee for construction of the bridge under the guidance and leadership of parish priest of Infant Jesus Chapel. They look forward for kind-hearted donors who will donate generously for the construction of this temporary bridge.

Bank details:-

Name of the Account : Infant Jesus Chapel
Savings A/c Number : 0641101072513
Name of the Bank : Canara Bank
Name of the Branch : Farangipet Branch
IFSC code : CNRB0000641
MICR code : 575

Contact:

Fr Gerald Lobo, OFM Cap
Parish Priest
Mobile – 9448758084
Email : lobogerry@yahoo.co.in 

 

  

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  • Clarence Pinto, Bondel , Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 31 2018

    It is a good initiative by Fr. Gerald Lobo. The bridge is very essential in this place. Go ahead with the project. People will contribute.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [3]

  • shan, dubai

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Our politicians are interested to build dead man or animal statues and spend crores of public money i.e. Sardar vallabhai statue, shivaji and mayawati's elephants etc but they are not interested to spend public money to facilitate the public????

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [8]

  • Merjodo, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    My Wholehearted Support to this Project.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [9]

  • Judy Lewis, UFS, Mangalore/Udupi

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    This a praise praiseworthy project. I would like to many People support this project. All the best.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Fr. Robin Victor D'souza, Nakre-Karkala/Bengaluru

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Having a good idea is one thing, but knowing where to take it can be challenging. If this idea is realized in the near future, it will be a great help to the people of Pavoor Uliya. All the best and every success to Fr. Gerry Lobo for this wonderful initiative.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [9]

  • Fr Joachim Dsouza, Moarnad/ Farangipet

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Bridge to the Island is the need of the hour. Bridge builds relationship and it will a closer step to worship. The cry and the struggle of the people is is not heard or seen by the real and concerned politicians. To enhance the beauty of the Island and the to wipe the tears f the people support to the cause is the only way and the way. Let us join the people to realize the dream and be a a reality in coming days.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [8]

  • Lambert, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Does-this Island have good scope for tourism and enjoyable environment for Public . If so the residents can be real winners in long term if they can provide.. Food, water, accommodation to tourists.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais OFM Cap, Bangalore, Saccidananda, Dr. Rajkumar Road.

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    The bridge to Pavoor Uliya is the urgent need of the time. Since many years all the residents of Pavoor Uliya including school going children have struggled and are still struggling to cross the river specially during the monsoon. The efforts to build the bridge is praise worthy. Hope that government will support this noble cause and establish long awaited connection to Pavoor Uliya.
    Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, OFM Cap, Provincial Superior, Holy Trinity Capuchin province, Karnataka, India.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [5]

  • Fr.Jerald Lobo, capuchin, Monthe Mariano Farangipet

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    since so many years on wards we have been meeting the govt officials, face to face and submitting memorandums yet nothing is happening, ergo we are trying by our own cost and at least 9 months the people can walk freely. another 3 months we use the local boat. thank you

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [15]

  • J.F D Souza, Attavar, Mangalore.

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    What the Govt. and Panchayath raj is doing/ Why such important works are not taken up by obtaining grant from the Govt. There are many places like this. Tackle them.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [8]

  • George Menezes, Farangipet/Dubai

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Good move/All the best Fr.jerald lob & comity/I will send my contribution.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [11]

  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    If sitting MP Nalin Kumar has spent Rs 14,000 crores why this island is away from India?

    Fr Gerald Lobo, OFM Cap, I am ready to offer my technical expertise for this nation. I would appreciate if the survey details available.
    What is the shortest landing point to the mainland?

    Jai Hind

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [10]

  • Diva, MANGALURU

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    What about Mr. UT Khadar, the local man

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • ibrahim, Ullal mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Near to city those place are exist!!!!!! Govt have to take serious issue about those plea...kindly visit concern department to visit and give proper infrastructure connect city...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [2]

  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    It is the duty of the Govt. viz. people’s elected representative to ensure that bridge is constructed. Till then transport owners should consider introducing mechanized boats or launches for daily commuters directly connecting Farangipet, BC Road and Mangalore City.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Eva, Kirem

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    If only Karnataka government could save from our paid tax after spending on catching terrorist on the run and safeguarding jailed murderers

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [7]

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    If only we had received the Promised Money In-time ...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [19]

  • Lancy Vas, Mudipu

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Pls contribute rather then comenting!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [26]

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Lancy Vas,
    Ask your FEKU friend to sponsor the bridge with our promised Money ...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [17]

  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Please request government to build single vehicle concrete bridge say 12feet width..
    I don't think it requires more money for just one vehicle passage...
    You can also try writing letters to PM itself, you will definitely get response!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [13]

  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    sri-elder karkal,you see there are many to give suggestions but the question is who will bell the cat?like promises were made from all these votes seeker.noone will come forward for a first step.let the one first throw the stone.others will follow.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [9]

  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    I said so, because temporary bridge is not a solution.
    In the above pictures, person is walking on sand bags, they need to find out what is the length of the bridge required. It cannot be 800 meters for sure... So it may be around 100-200 feet.

    If there is no land acquisition required on both the sides then they can easily bet on constructing permanent bridge. Point is why they should waste 25lacs?
    People should work on long term solution.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [1]

  • Fr.Jerald Lobo, capuchin, Monthe Mariano Farangipet

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Sir, who has to construct permanent Bridget? we are saying we have been meeting the officials since past 20 yrs. you are far far away from the reality. can u help us? God bless you.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    @Fr.Jerald Lobo- there is one old unused bridge nearby here... Parallel new wider bridge is there.
    It has huge amount of steel and size stones which can be re-used ---- steel can be auctioned and money can be raised... approach officials.. People may oppose to dismantle the old bridge but things can be reused...

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Good development in initiating connectivity to a isolated island.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Good decision to build a bridge on their own. You can't just occupy some empty land for free and ask for government facilities!!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [11]

  • Rajesh, dubai

    Tue, Oct 30 2018

    Who just occupied some empty land for free ...... Do you have any proof that it was empty land. nowadays people are occupying Government forest land and ask government to build houses for them and you are telling people who are staying in this island for years and asking for government facilities. If they are illegal than why our leaders are going and begging for their votes during election?

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [2]

  • Bro. Victor Crasta, OFM Cap., Loretto/Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    All the best Fr. Gerry Lobo, your initiative is very much appreciated. Go ahead. Generous people will certainly reach out to this project.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [26]


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