Samiti at Padubidri Oppose Proposed NH17 Four Lane Works


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Padubidri, Udupi, 05 August 2010: A Samiti formed by the likely victims of proposed broadening of NH 17 along the Padubidri town held a press conference at Hotel Navarang, Padubidri, here on Wednesday August 4 afternoon. The Samiti alleged that entire Padubidri town will likely to be razed, since shops, restaurants, banks and public utilities services are located within 28 meters of NH 17, as National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has plans to develop the highway for laying four lanes of 60 meters breadth. 

 

The residents and shopkeepers along NH 17 at Padubidri had already filed cases against the land acquisition notification published in the gazette and also newspapers on March 23 2010. Padubidri town has 278 shops, 15 hotels and restaurants, 50 houses, 2 community buildings, 1 worship centre, 3 clinics and hospital, 10 branches of various banks and 1 post office, thereby employing nearly 2,600 people. The Samiti alleged that entire town will likely to be razed for broadening NH 17 in Pudubidri town and that the locals are worried of their future.

 

 

Samiti urged the NHAI, to clarify their plans in this regard. The samiti also urged NHAI to lay a service road that would preserve the existing road at Padubidri; thereby saving the buildings from demolition. The samiti is committed to follow democratic methods to stage their struggle and also try legal procedures, in order to get justice for their cause, they added. Samiti members Y Sukumar, Dr Y N Shetty, James Andrade, Vishu Kumar Shetty, Gopal Shetty, Santhosh Shetty, Dr N T Anchan, Prakash Shetty among others were present.

 

 

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Philip Mudartha, Qatar Fri, August-6-2010, 4:56
4-laning of NH17 is overdue. But, there are issues, one such raised here, require to be addressed by NHAI, coordinating agencies and administrators. They have to find a viable and acceptable solution. Our nation wants to grow strong economically and uplift the poor. Economic growth demands infrastructure development. The rural and semi-urban centers along motorable roads and highways will transform continuously in the future too. So, the legislators shall devote their energies to legislating related laws and framing rules; and not make the arbitrary but populist decisions. The NHAI certainly has engineers with knowhow to evolve alternatives: a) create a three lane One way , and construct a bypass for return way, or b) construct a flyover or under-pass through. What may seem expensive may be less so, if future needs are evaluated. However, it is important to get our highways traffic to reach speeds that are norms internationally, and cut travel times and assure safety. This may even need 6-laning.
Praveen Shetty, Kinnimulky, Udupi Thu, August-5-2010, 11:39
These development are called ribbon developments on highway side. Inspite of minimum requirements of setback for constructing buildings from median of the road, why the authorities given permission to build the buildings? I have doubt that the authorities not have taken the undertaking from the owners of these buildings. If you notice most of these buildings came up in recent years. That means knowingly the permissions were granting. Thinking that all can fight against land acquisition.Same thing was happening in Udupi, regarding the widening of Udupi- Manipal road. Mr. Noronha think about public safety also. How many lives have been lost so far because of these conjestion of road NH 17. In my opinion govenment should take bold steps and should not compromise to give rise the chances of further problems.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Thu, August-5-2010, 10:49
Our leaders must think about the welfare and not to destroy and build attitude. IN Kerala for the same N.H.17 the widening within towns is much less than in other open areas. Then why not at Mulki and Padubidri? Why the widening of Highway must cause demolition of the bildings houses etc? Let there be less width and let there be speed limits. Then damaging could be reduced. Aletrnatively think of bye-pass, which was the thinking of Leaders like Dr. Acharay a and others a decade ago. I wish better counsel will prevail and the affected will be relieved of the fear and the expected loss of proeprty.
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