Mangaluru: NHAI's proposal to close Shiradi Ghat for six months opposed

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jan 16: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed closing Shiradi Ghat completely for six months in order to make four lane road from Donigal, on the outskirts of Sakleshpur to Maranahalli (220 to 230 km). The proposal has created anxiety among the people of coastal region.

As per a report in a Kannada daily, NHAI has appealed in this regard to the deputy commission of Hassan. If the proposal gets the nod from the district administration, the whole transportation between Bengaluru and coastal districts will be disrupted massively, say commuters.

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Hassan DC Girish has also expressed concern over the issue and asked NHAI to any other alternative or to finish the work as soon as possible as closing the ghat for six months would be really difficult.

Shiradi Ghat is the main link between capital and Mangaluru for all the trade related movement of vehicles and goods. Thousands of bus, truck, containers, cars, taxis and maxicabs ply on this road. If the road is closed for a long period of six months it will hit the economy of coastal districts which has already taken a beating due to coronavirus pandemic.

Shashidhar Pai Maroor, president of KCCI was quoted as saying, "The decision of closing a vital link like Shiradi Ghat will put people of coastal districts in deep trouble. We have appealed against this to DC, MP, ministers and MLA."

Jeevan Saldanha, Mangaluru unit president of industrial federation and Sadananda Chathra, chief secretary of Karnataka Tourist Bus owners’ association told the Kannada daily, “If the ghat is closed completely it will hit the tourism and industrial sector of the coastal districts badly. One part of the road should be kept open for vehicles to move during work.”

If Shiradi Ghat is closed, none of the other routes are able to bear the traffic movement of Shiradi Ghat. Only limited vehicles can traverse on road that reaches Gunday through Bisile Ghat via Hassan and Aloor. Sampaje Ghat is affected with landslide continuously for the past three years during monsoon. Even Charmadi Ghat is having the issue of landslide.

Public is questioning the time period of six months to repair just 10 km stretch of road, even in modern times with latest technology available at finger tips. NHAI says that there are sharp hair pin bends where huge retainer walls need to be built and it will consume time. Another important point to note is that none of the scheduled works on Shiradi Ghat have competed on time. So there is a doubt that even this work will not be over in the scheduled six months.





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  • Ganesh Bhat, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 17 2022

    Total closure should be the last option. Modern technology can reduce time by half. Involve IITs and IISc experts to complete in record lowest time. Concretisation is the need of the hour but not at the cost of time and money of the tax payers beyond reasonable levels. Parallel road is an option as suggested by someone here.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 17 2022

    The other issue is overloaded trucks or trucks carrying. Huge heavy cargo .. These roads not designed to take heavy weight .. mining loads . Tipper so on and so forth to investigate heavy loaded trucks .. extra long vehicles.. Possibly use more in this case train .. goods train .. .. Other issue is why LPG TANKER STILL PLYING .. there is already gas pipe line laid to avoid LPG tanker movement ..

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    How can we become a 5 trillion economy ..2023 .. Idle boasts ..without infrastructure..?? Ministers take helicopters .. flights etc .. no ground reality .. WE have mega projects announcement..Bullet train ...etc .. The minister shri Gadkari claims all impressive figures road construction etc China builds roads connecting Tibet .... snow conditions .. Workers have used oxygen masks etc and built all weather high speed train network etc In India also it is not that there is lack of engineering skills .. Large companies like Larsen and Toubro are available ... Main problem is vested interests ... Crony companies .. Share of piece meal contracts No accountability

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    there is no substutute for brains - clearly NHAI lacks it.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    If 6 months means before start of rain and from start of rainy season, we can drive on 4 lane, I would still support the decision. However, I am not sure it will be done in 6 months. In many areas there are no space for 4 lane road. 6 month closure effectively means, road closure for minimum 1 year.

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  • Dinesh C P, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Allot this stretch of road construction to Border Roads Organization who are experts in laying mountain roads in a short time. Mangalore Kudremukh Road laid by them is an example which is in good state till today.

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  • Shivraj, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    All stake holders should put their heads together ..first ensure funds available.. Some vested interests start work with Available funds then vanish xx... Situation then is worse off from original .. Stagewise .. double road construction.. 2 lane 4 lane or 6 lane or whatever each side ..allow single lane traffic both sides even if slow .. Proper traffic regulations.. police etc can ensure smooth movement .. Even if one travels @ 30 km per hour the proposed stretch may take not more than 20 minutes of discomfort..considering 10 kms ..approximately.. —-overall time Bangalore mangalore It is insignificant.. Problem is it is endless is generally ..Not short term discomfort.. It takes years and then shoddy work proper road Banking .... Retaining wall .. landslides because of vertical cutting .. corruption.. piece meal contracts to benefit vested interests .. So many issues for a simple work .. We have great engineering talent ... It is said all projects is 80 % planning.. 20 % execution .... We have reverse .. 20 % planning .. later start scratching heads after starting work etc etc Like some marriage function arrangements... Till bride and groom arrive Main Pandal work .. decorating work ..will be going on ....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Construct a Parallel Road ...

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  • Praveen, Bondel

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    ಗತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದವರಿಗೆ ಮತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದವರು

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  • Jeevan, Jeppu

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Send the designer of this project with consultant for further studies to SOMALIA UNIVERSITY OF construction of roads . I am doubt are they using design technology of 1947 from oberio university Why they are not doing tunnel for permanent solution. Why this politicians are using their god gift ed brain for the betterment of country.

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  • Hasan, Doha

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    This shows the efficiency of construction company. As I am working in infrastructure company here. We don't face any hurdle in construction of roads in middle of city. As in modern days there is so much technology. One good engineer can easily over come this hurdles.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 18 2022

    This is India. Nothing will get done over here that easily.

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  • Sp, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    The entire four laning project got delayed so much because of the incompetence of our politicians. It could have been completed in one go.

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