'No public co-operation for 4-laning of NHs'


Delivering a talk on “Four-laning of NH 17—challenges,” organised by the Institution of Engineers and Institution of Valuers here on Tuesday, he said: “We have contractors from Nepal, workers from UP and Bihar working for IRCON in Mangalore. However, there are none from this part of the region.”

“When we started the work on four-laning from B C Road to Surathkal, instead of working on the four-laning of the road, we had to ourselves involve in shifting the utilities, cutting the trees.” “As many as 1,273 electric poles had to be shifted and 2,902 trees had to be cut. Though NHAI had deposited the money to MESCOM and forest department for shifting electric poles and felling trees, both did not have any agency to implement the work. So we took up the challenge and started shifting the utilities.”

“Moreover, road was in deplorable condition when it was handed over to us. We had to undertake maintenance in the beginning of the implementation of the project though it was not our duty. Although we shifted utilities, removal of encroached land was not in our hands. This also led to delay in the implementation of the project. The fullfledged work on four-laning started only in 2007,” he added.  “While constructing flyovers, service roads were not available. We had to construct the flyover amidst traffic itself. The four-laning of NH 17, 48 involves construction of seven flyovers. The flyover in Nanthur and Surathkal is held up due to court case”.

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