Mangalore: Financial crunch stalls work on Pumpwell-Thokkottu stretch

Naveen Menezes
Pics: Meryick D’Silva
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (NM)

Mangalore, May 20: Commuters who have been plying on the Pumpwell–Thokkottu stretch will have to wait for one more season to see completion of the road work. Shriram Mishra, project director, Mangalore, NHAI said, "The release of funds for the work has been stalled temporarily. We will resume the work in full swing after the monsoon season."

The widening of the Pumpwell–Thokkottu road is part of the Kundapur–Talapady National Highway 66 four-lane project which started in September 2010. Although this particular stretch is known for heavy traffic density and witnesses regular traffic blocks, the commuters will have to wait for many more months to see the completion of the stalled work.

This is not the first such wait. The work on the proposed Rs 671 crore project of widening the entire stretch - which is 110-km long - has passed several deadlines. This time, sources said that Navayuga Tollway Pvt Ltd (NTPL), which has undertaken the work, ran out of money. In addition to this, the imminent advent of monsoon has further stalled the work. As a result, the travellers will have to patiently wait yet another season.

Presently, the work for the proposed flyover in Pumpwell is at the initial stage and only ground level work has been undertaken. A single lane road has been constructed for the vehicles plying to either side while the centre stretch has been dug to erect pillars for the flyover. This problem also exists at Thokottu junction where another flyover is coming up.

Besides, along with the new three-lane Netravati bridge, the work on widening the stretch between Jeppinamogaru to Kallapu, near Thokottu is almost complete. However, the construction of four-lane is yet to start between Pumpwell and Yekkur. In addition to this, the widening of the road from Yekkur towards Yenepoya School, close to Jeppinamogaru, is incomplete.

Moreover, due to incomplete work of the flyover at Pumpwell and Thokottu junction, there is regular congestion of traffic.

Residents Worried

The work on widening of roads has a few residents in Yekkur worried. For the widening of the highway near Yekkur, part of the hill adjacent to the road has been dug. It resulted in a landslip and forced officials to stop the work in order to prevent further damage.

Presently, there are nearly nine families who live on top of the hill. Sushila (69), said, “There has already been a landslip. With the monsoon, more damage may occur. Our house is just 20 ft away from the cliff. There are school going children living here. It will be impossible for the elders to keep a watch on them all the while.”

Another resident, Chandravathi, said, “The area between the houses and the cliff has been narrowed down. We hire a vehicle to take my physically challenged child to the doctor. In addition to this, there are aged persons residing here and it will be difficult to take them out."

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    I will not call now it a Malathaai Dhorane as BJP's were calling when Dr. Manmohan Singh was ruling.

    Modi will finish off this fast by handing over to Tatas, Adanies and Ambanis so that they will also become rich so fast.

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  • vinod, Bangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    All these kind of Issues are because Mangalore always elected MP s for the opposition Party . the Mangalore reps are not powerfull to do lobby in Delhi. almost all the highways are having double line except this one

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  • anand shetty, mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Mr Nalin I think its time to start some real serious work .The hopes of the people of the city is on you .This stretch is busy and accident prone a lot of commuters use this road ,so hope something is donein urgency.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Exactly, For the first time in my life i am seeing two speed breakers on a Bridge, that too a bridge which connects National Highway. And when it rained few weeks ago there was a horrible traffic Jam. God help us this rainy season.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Tue, May 20 2014

    yes, there is a hope because of this new govt and leadership. may be it's our local MP's to bring it to new leadership's notice and ensure no such drama's are entertained. it's not a dummy project which has been started all of sudden and run of money. it's a major govt project for which budgeting must have happened long back. it can not be on a fine day result in out of money situation. it's just a political drama by our politicians as well as these constructors to screw the project figure further and grab still bigger amount. hope it comes to the visibility of the new leadership and they scrap this govt and give a new start.

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  • Zandy, Mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Can the project director answer, why have they put two totally unscientific speed breakers at the end of the new bridge. Was there any need for those? Also, if there wasn't sufficient funds, why was road dug up at thokkottu and pumpwell for constructing fly-over.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Ache Din Ane Wale Hain...

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  • Pritam PR., mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Achche din aane wale hain....Road bhi banege, thod bhi banege!!

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  • Dan Sanctis, Mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    financial crunch immediately post election results. Time to ponder ??? !!!

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  • Mann, bangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    You are in a hurry to accuse..

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  • marol, udupi

    Tue, May 20 2014

    What a pitty? No funds for development. But for our POLI-TICIANS luxury there is enough and more. Please for heavens sake kindly stop these nonsense and nuesense immediately. Proper planning and efficient ution is an utter failure all over the country. Common citizen is facing the blues from all the angles. Only the POLI-TICIANS are thriving from all the corners. Again it is a humble request to all our elected leaders to see from the prospective of COMMON CITIZENS and not from their own personal glorification.

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  • Ramesh Prabhu, mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Few More Bhagya schemes by this State Government will ensure NO more funds :)Off lately Siddu has funds to put full page ads on papers showcasing his achievements!!

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  • Prem, mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    I have decided to travel on these roads after 5 years.....I think by then the road will be ready.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    Financial crunch stops many works at a stretch. This stretch too is no exception.
    For me in my younger days ,I felt this 'financial crunch' in 'crunch' positions. Many do. Later when they have finance they are not able to crunch...!
    What say Langoola, Charles D' Mello- Pangala and Co? True?

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Tue, May 20 2014

    need not worry. we have new sarkar now! as promised this sarkar will focus on only development. You will never know, before monsoon itself road work may be completed. Good days have begun!

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  • Amrutkar, Vijaypura

    Wed, May 21 2014

    It is not bakery bread to get ready over night. Sir the monsoon is not of the new SARKARA! It is very sad situation and hope the Development of the BJP comes soon to this road!

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