The Work on the Vented Dam at Ankudru Begins.....

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Report by Dr Eugene Moodubelle
BelleVision Media Network

Moodubelle, 23 March 2010: The work on the long awaited vented dam cum bridge on the Belle River at Ankudru has started in right earnest beginning with the site clearance task that has been going on since the last week of February 2010.

The foundation stone for the vented dam was laid by Mr. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MP from Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha Constituency on Saturday, 6th February 2010. The dam would be built under the auspices of the Karnataka Government’s Minor Irrigation Department, Mangalore Division. The estimated cost of the vented dam is Rs.81 lakhs. The dam would be 42 metres long and 3.50 metres in height. It will be 2.40 metres wide on the top so that small vehicles such as cars and rickshaws can pass over it.  There will be 17 vents each with a width of 2 metres. Once completed, the dam will have a holding capacity of over one million cubic metres of water that can be used to irrigate over 200 acres of land in Belle, Kattingeri and Shirva villages.

The construction of the vented dam across the river is a laborious task. First of all the water from the site of the dam has to be emptied and the base has to be made dry in order to start the construction work. With this view the both sides of the proposed site of the dam were blocked by dumping soil across the river that prevented the flow of water. This work started from 26th February 2010. The water from the blocked portion was emptied by using one powerful pump of 90 HP and two smaller pumps for three days from 11th March 2010. It is said that a number of people took advantage of this operation to catch fish as the level of water dipped at the site of the dam.

As the river bed became dry a new problem cropped up in the form of a huge rock projecting from the river bed which has to be broken and cleared for laying the foundation of the dam. However, the broken rock pieces would be used for constructing the support walls on both sides of the dam.

According to Mr. Gerald Fernandes, who has been taking great interest in the construction of this dam, the actual construction of the vented dam after the clearance of the site is expected to be started from 21st March 2010. The Engineer of the project, Mr. Jagdish has predicted that the work of the dam would be completed by the end of April 2010 and the contractor of the dam, Mr. Vijayananda Shetty has also promised to complete the work by the first week of May 2010. If this project is completed within this stipulated time-frame, it will be a great achievement which would prove that even a government project can be completed within a specific period if there is will and proper supervision.

Mr. Gerald Fernandes said that on the Moodubelle side of the river, the Nayak family close to the dam site had fully cooperated with the project by surrendering considerable land for the approach road as well as for the construction of the dam. However, on the Pamboor side there are some families who are yet to consider the proposal to give away certain part of their land for the approach road. Mr. Gerald Fernandes hopes that these families will be magnanimous and cooperate with the project in the public interest.


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Anil, Belle Wed, March-24-2010, 2:18
Dear Jerry,we proud of is nice to see your leadership for the recent developments in our surrounding,we wish you good future and we expect some more projects.
Alfred Martis, Gududottu-Muscat Wed, March-24-2010, 12:07
Good to see that the project is started.Itll be useful for all,people of Belle and Pamboor.Especially for students,teachers,daily shoppers.Thanks to Dr.Eugene for the update and pictures and Gerald and his team as well.
Edward Menezes, Bantakal;/Bahrain Tue, March-23-2010, 3:52
It s really good to see the development taking place in Moodubelle and near by places We still did t forget our old days in Belle,hardly there were any roads with tar,now one more mile stone a head and it s the dam,Good job guys,keep it moving,the monsoon is on it s way,but by grace of God and Blessings of St.Lawrance everything will be right on time.Thank you Dr.Eugene for updating us with report and pictures.
Henry, pambor Tue, March-23-2010, 2:11
For this bridge people waiting from many years , it helps both the belle and pamboor people .but just make sure that all 81 lakhs should be use for this dam only then only it complete on time , good luck
wilfy, pamboor Tue, March-23-2010, 11:19
Thanks to Dr Eugine for the update and nice pictures of the project .The dam would be built under the auspices of the Karnataka Government’s Minor Irrigation Department, Mangalore Division.after all its public money, but some people taking more publicity really what they are required. anyway all the best for this project , and wish it complets on time .
stany, pamboor Tue, March-23-2010, 10:16
Good to see all this work , but there is no problem with pamboor, only there is problem in kabydi with some families considering land but i hope all are giving good co-opertion for this wrok,and there is no problem with pamboor people .i hope this project will complete on time , Al the best.
Therese Dalmeida, Moodubelle,Doha Tue, March-23-2010, 9:03
Thanks to Mr. Jerry and his team members to begin the constuction of the dam on belle river, which will be benificial to number of people.All the best for the future.
Louis Alva, Kattingeri / Dubai Tue, March-23-2010, 4:47
Thank you Jerry for all your effort on this Project , which will benefit for all of us in the future time . Your hard work is paid off by starting the construction work of this project on a fast track. We all pray and hope that many more Dream Projects in Moodubelle will come to a reality soon under your able leadership. Well done God bless !!!
Joseph Martis, Kattingery Tue, March-23-2010, 2:41
Congratulations Jerry, we are very proud of you. Your doing a Great Job.Keep it up,We wish you all the best in Future.
Marwin Mathias, Moodubelle/Dubai Mon, March-22-2010, 11:53
Good work Mr. Jerald... Keep it up
Victor D Souza, Moodubelle / Doha Mon, March-22-2010, 11:41
Great to see that the project is going ahead as per the schedule. This will be an important milestone on the development of Moodubelle. Mr. Jerald Fernandes has put tremendous efforts on these impressive achievements. Hope that all the villagers will realize that on the long run these developments are on their interest too. The report and pictures by Dr. Eugene are fantastic and covered all the aspects of the project.
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