Heavy rain drains away soil from Udupi-Karkala road via Moodubelle

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Report and Pictures by Anil Alva
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 17 June 2010: The project is ambitious, however the work that was undertaken was shoddy reflecting the lack of seriousness among the contractors who have undertaken the project and the  administration that had awarded the contract. The Udupi-Karkala Road whose widening work was undertaken during the last year has been left unattended following the apparent widening by the JCB machines which dug up soil from both sides of the road, but made no provision for drain. According to a report, the Udupi-Moodubelle-Palli-Karkala-Subramanya road is being developed as a national Highway NH-37.

For quite some time there was no follow up action. At few places, the work of putting rock pieces (jalli) and hardening the patch next to the tarred road  on one side was undertaken but not completed before the monsoon season started. That work too was not done continuously, but in patches. The road roller that was brought for this purpose was seen lying idle for many days at the same location. As even the patch work was not taken to its logical conclusion of putting tar on the hardened patches, the loose soil of the patches has eroded due to the rain thus exposing the jalli.

With the onset of the monsoon and heavy downpour, it could be seen that the loose soil from both sides of the road gradually being washed out. Without any drainage system, the muddy water flows through the road making it difficult for vehicles and pedestrians to pass through. In certain places the jalli has even spread over the road posing danger to smaller vehicles such as rickshaws and two wheelers. The drainage pipes could be seen lying idle by the side of the road.

During heavy downpour the patch of road just in front of the main church gate turns into a pond as water from higher levels flows into this low lying road. As the drains are narrow and not cleaned even before the monsoon there is no way for the water to drain out fast. As a result with the continuous rain, this junction in front of the church gets inundated making it inconvenient for people coming to the church or going to the market and for the vehicles.

It is hoped that the concerned authorities would take necessary corrective steps to prevent major damage to the newly widened Udupi-Karkala Road via Moodubelle. Similarly, the new Belle Grama Panchayat administration would take steps to clear the drains of the pethe area so that the rain water would flow out easily and prevent flooding on the road.


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Rajesh, Marne Sat, June-19-2010, 11:35
dear Shashiprasd this dam report you will not get it. you have to ask the local people they are the suffer.may be you wil not see next year
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sat, June-19-2010, 6:35
Dear Editor, would you commission a follow-up report stating the story of the other side , if there is one. Ronald Sabi drove me in his 4D last Dec, when the Udipi-Palli segment doubling work was progressing. I wondered then if the work would be complete before monsoon. To me,l it doesn t look like corruption but our general lethargy and initha kelasa yelle malpuga attitude. And of ocurse, we have one scapegoat to blame our ills: Sonia Gandhi!!
Sriram, Ujre Fri, June-18-2010, 4:06
Neer povare thodu danthina rasthe unthandye. Doddu waste, time waste.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Fri, June-18-2010, 3:57
I really wonder why the job was started so late and that too just before the eruption of mansoon, though the rain was late this year. Within one week of rain if this is the fate of road, one can imagine the situation come Septermber. Tax payers money anyway, why bother? Interesting to watch, if this job is considered complete and new tender for new job just before next years rain? where is it heading from here??? I am not blaming any political party, frustrated at the system in place!
Shashiprasad, Ankudur/Bangalore Thu, June-17-2010, 11:20
Likewise, do you have any updates on newly constructed Ankudur Dam?
Francis Noronha, Mumbai Thu, June-17-2010, 6:02
Shame on the corrupt politicians. All villagers should unite and make gherav in front of district administration officers and Engineers for this careless and hopeless situvation. This grave situvation will cause lot of accidents in near future. And it will be a nightmare to the pedestriand and especially the school chilren during this rainy season. So concerned authorities please take immediate action against the culprits and protect the public interest.
Bosco D Souza, Shivalli panchayat Thu, June-17-2010, 5:48
This shows the true colour s of the India government with all the corruption that is seen. Contract is given to construction firm based on bribes. Than the company makes a low quality road and the government must pay for a new one. GREAT WORK Smt. Gandhi, your family has done a great service to India for the last 50 years
ashton, Abu_Dhabi Thu, June-17-2010, 2:02
Vincent, Belle Thu, June-17-2010, 12:43
Pictures and report show the reality. Hope that the authorities follow up with the contractors before more damage is done with more rains to come.
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