Kundapur: Angalli Bridge – Election issue Vs locals' problem

Silvester Dsouza
Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (DV)

Kundapur, Aug 29: Elections come and go and so governments. Similar is the case with the politicians. In our country politicians are real ‘rarity’ because they are seen ‘live’ only once in 5 years. Cometh the elections, cometh the politicians. They could and would be found even in the remotest areas, darkest gullies and even in the desert just a fortnight before the elections. They take solemn oath to resolve all the problems of all the people, empower everyone, drive away all social malice. However, once the elections are over, life comes back to normalcy and ‘sanity’ prevails.

Problems surface again but politicians never surface for the next 5 years.
This is what could be said about the plight of Angalli bridge near here. Several elections have gone by and yet Angalli bridge remains the same, tattered and shattered, waiting to gobble up vehicles and passers by each day. People who promised that it will be repaired have never turned up again.

This Angalli bridge is the main connection to Basroor from Angalli.  It takes 12 km to reach Basroor from Shastri circle through Moorkai. However if Angalli bridge is used, the distance is reduced to mere 8 kilometres. However heavy vehicles cannot run on Angalli bridge in its present condition and hence senior citizens, students of Angalli need to walk up to the town to catch a bus or should walk on this road. The other option is to hire private vehicles. Neither of these is feasible and this has been a constant problem for the locals.

What is this problem?

A double road bridge was sanctioned a few years ago and even the work had begun. However the contractor stopped the work in between since he was not adequately paid. Thereafter nothing has moved and no one has taken interest to complete the work and the problem persists.

Traffic bottleneck:

Though only the light vehicles such as cars, rickshaws and two-wheelers move on this road, traffic problem is a daily phenomenon here. Commuters from Basroor to Tallur use this road. Since only one vehicle can pass at a time on this road, traffic bottlenecks during the rush hours of morning and evening are common. One can also see people getting embroiled in quarrels almost everyday owing to the traffic snarls
If the bridge work is completed, this would also boost commerce between Angalli and Basroor. Though tenders have been invited thrice, none of the contractors are willing to take up the work. For a broad and double-track road over the bridge, the present bridge needs to be demolished. Further the contractors also fear that their fate could be just like the earlier one who had to abandon the work due to shortage of funds.

Now the people of the vicinity people are fuming against the politicians. Though almost all the parties and its leaders take up the issue during every election, Angalli bridge still remains an ‘election issue’. None of the parties or the leaders is willing to fulfil their promises. Angalli Bridge is remains a distant dream.



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  • Ashok Kunder, kundapur

    Wed, May 21 2014

    This bridge needs urgent repair work or else one day major accident can occur.Its high time that the concerned authority take necessary action.

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  • Chandrashekhar, Kundapura / Basrur

    Fri, Aug 30 2013

    Our MP, Jayaprakash Hegde during his winning celebration at Kundapura announced that, his first move/priority jobs would be – Get sanctioning of Fly-over at Shastri Circle, to rectify all issues of downgraded Kundapura Railway Station, re-construction of Anagalli & Kodi Bridges.

    Let us review his promises as on date:-

    1. New Fly-over has been got sanctioned instead of embankment construction and work is also in progress. Off course JPH has put 100% effort to thing happen.

    2. About Kundapura Railway Station – 1-2 additional trains got stoppage, a new computerized ticket booking counter has started at main post-office Kundapura. But still many more things are un-done, most importantly stoppage for Mumbai-Mangalore Express train, to increase ticket reservation quota from 24 to 75 / Air-conditioned waiting hall / round the clock Police for Security etc. / uplifting parking facility / tourist info helpline counter etc.

    3. No work done for Anagalli & Kodi Bridges… Even no media source available.

    Well done Daiji by covering info about Angalli Bridge on right time and hope for best.

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  • Dony, Katapady

    Fri, Aug 30 2013

    I have a lot of memories of this bridge as my mother is from this island known as Anagally. I used to visit this place frequently during the school/college days.A fanatstic place for holidaying. This may be the only island which is not properly connected to the main land! The bridge is in such a pathetic & dilapidated condition.It looks like it was built during the Indus valley civilization or Before Christ!! It shows the attitude of our administrators & politicians.This bridge is supposed to be a dam cum bridge, unfortunately the dam never functioned & the contractor has made huge money out of this project.So much precious sweet water is just lost to the sea! What a big loss of natural resource for decades & no body is bothered.No accountability, just sucking the nation!!

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  • Zeeshan Abbas, Kundapura,dubai

    Fri, Aug 30 2013

    Angali bridge -vital link for people of basrur and kandlur ,short cut road to railway station ,status this year bad to pathetic ,whenever we visit India we spent some time around the bridge , most of the columns parallel to bridge has all broken ,where we used to see some boys sitting and fishing some years back , surrounding place is absolute beauty , at times we just wonder why backwaters of Karnataka is not marketed unlike our counterparts in Kerala , firstly lets initiate a campaign for a new bridge at angali and to complete the bridge for connecting Kundapur to kodi ,which will make life easier for most of the student And working crowd who commute daily between these places , we can get all philanthropist in and around Kundapur to join this campaign and raise and initiate the fund , secondly lets promote a boat ride traditional type (non petrol/ diesel type)with minimum charge from these places both angali and kodi , which will create employment for youth and also a way of recreation for families who are staying around Kundapur .

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  • Prakash Rebello, Kundapura

    Fri, Aug 30 2013

    This bridge cum DAM was built by small irrigation department as a back water dam to get water for agriculture in late 1970s..this was 2in1 solution as a dam in summer to stop contaminating sea water with river water as a DAM, Over the dam they build bridge to pedestrian and to pass 2 and 3 wheelers only at initial stage. Later peoples and vehicle movement increased and now it is real necessity of new bridge is required. situation looks like the new bridge work will never start until existing dam collapse !!!Definitely new bridge will boost socio economical status of the surrounding area peoples, and shortens distance to reach people to city area(convenient) Moreover big relief for rural people. Vote bank politics and greedy politicians are busy in become RAJA in Raajakiya game!!!!

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  • Sathisha Shetty, Dubai

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    I was studying at Bhandarkars college while 1997. Some bus strike was happen in between and we suppose to walk back to Balkur. Collage mates from Basrur and people from Halnadu start to walk from short cut. That is via Angalli Bridge.I noticed from that day angalli bridge was a convenient shortcut and it was completely dead to skeleton. Still today I m noticing the same skeleton narrow bridge. Then question is about our leaders!
    From 2007 I use this road more frequently and every time crossing blaming our politicians in a very worst manner. I was listening from congress mp to Bjp mla or independent politians, same story! Contractor not quoting or I will do both kodi and angalli bridge as my priorities. But result is absolute zero and new story to listen. As a common man, I think we need to buy caught those politians who never negotiate with their government for the betterment of their vote banks. Young people of today's world are smart and educated, understands technical problems behind politics. So politicians be alert and do some thing for this issue ASAP. It's a sincere request from all the people of Angalli, Basrur, Balkur and other beneficiaries along the state highway of Basrur - Siddapura.

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  • Aam Admi, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    It is worth blaming British for the bridge and their English education.What Indians did .just changed the names.Rename it. Ullal railway bridge built by British and still Konkan railway running over it. Indians build bridges and on inauguration day it falls off.

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  • Rohit Billava, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    This bridge was built by some third grade construction companies. At a time only one vehicle can pass the bridge. While planning the bridge if they are unable to use the brain atleast should use common sense. It is sad that we were ruled by Britishers which has lead to norrow roads all over India same like Great Britain, Road should be always built in a way how American do - Long and Wide.

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    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    See the pathetic condition of the
    bridge.At least do some work with
    MLA/MP'S Fund.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    Thank you Daiji for your social cause reporting. I would request similar article on NH66 from Suratkal to Kundapur and one more Highway from Padubidri to Karkal too. Surprisingly, our regional MP, Oscar Mamu is the present Transport Minister too. But nothing happened till date. Recently I had been to Udupi, Mangalore and Karkal region but situation is same like last year. Nothing moved for last one year.

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    Thanks for the article. I also have the occasion of moving through this bridge. Now its narrowness and condition is a problem. Earlier that bridge was a necessity. Of course it indeed be upgraded and widened.

    Narrow gauge railway tracks and bridges are common in earlier era. Now our requirements doesn't meet with those old structures.

    Your article may be incomplete if not mentioned the efforts of Late Nadoor Sheenappa Hegde, worked as Sub Registrar at Shankaranarayana, Karkala etc who was the man behind that bridge. His Son Mr. Sadananda Hegde, Retd. Tahsildar of Kundapura stays at Basrur now.

    Anticipating comments from Silvester and other readers of Daiji...

    Best Regards

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