Bavalikudru to get bridge before monsoon

The residents of Bavalikudru had to depend on boat to cross the river during monsoon. DH PHOTOS

The island which is spread across nearly 100 acre land with more than 22 families residing remains entirely cut off from the external world during rainy season.

The island has a connecting road. However, it gets inundated during heavy rains.
Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya laid foundation stone for a bridge to Bavalikudru. The bridge will be constructed at the cost of Rs 33 lakh. The residents of the region had been demanding a bridge for the last several years. The bridge will be completed within a month.

Speaking after laying foundation stone for the bridge, Dr V S Acharya said the proposal for the bridge was before the government for the last several years. However, the proposal is being implemented on the Holy Saturday. The action plan for the 45 metre long bridge with 3 metre width is designed to be completed before the commencement of the monsoon, he said and added state government is taking utmost concern towards providing basic infrastructural facilities like health, education, road and power amenities to the public. The government pays more attention to people-friendly works. Funds are released on priority basis, he added.

The 45 metre long bridge has 4 spans at 10 metre distances and has been designed to accommodate plying of heavy vehicles. The work order was issued as soon as the tender was opened on Saturday. The work will commence from Sunday. About Rs 15 lakh has been released by Oscar Fernandes from MP fund for local area development. A sum fo Rs 8 lakh has been released from natural calamity fund and remaining Rs 10 lakh from MLA fund.

Three more islands

Neelavar village has three more tiny islands. Ramanakudru, Nandanakudru and Sahebarakudru with 250 to 300 population. These three little islands are connected to each other. There is a need for a bridge and a road. There are nearly 50 houses in the region Executive Engineer Hedge said that an action plan  of Rs 26 lakhs has been prepared for the bridge to be constructed in the area.

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