Longest bridge under PMGSY in Hosangadi

Longest bridge under PMGSY in Hosangadi

10 villages to benefit from the 112 metre long bridge

The bridge from Angarakaria to Padyarabettu is the largest bridge ever built under Pradhan Manthri Gram Sadak Yojane (PMGSY) in the entire country. The bridge is 112 metre long with 10 spans of 11.2 metre each. Normally, under PMGSY, the cut off length for constructing a bridge is 50 metres. If the bridge is more than 50 metres, then it will be given to PWD or National Highways. However, as the bridge was very essential for the villagers, the state technical advisors approved the proposal of the bridge and the central government sanctioned it.

The bridge is being constructed at the cost of Rs 2.75 crore. As many as eight slabs for the bridge have been completed. The remaining two spans are under constrution and the bridge will be ready for use within a month, said Executive Engineer H R Krishnamurthy, speaking to Deccan Herald. The total cost of the project with bridge and the road is Rs 4.75 crore.

Overflowing river

The Phalguni river which flows in Angarakaria was overflowing during monsoon and the villagers were depending on the ferry service to cross the river to reach the land. With the bridge, the people can be relieved from the headache of crossing the river. “The development of road and the bridge from Panimeru and Padyarabettu will benefit as many as 1,888 people in the villages. This include Panimeru (100), Itheru (100), Neerulpalle (100), Piligudde (100), Angarakaria (500), Kuteelu (221), Maliyapalke (294), Badyodi (253) and Padyarabettu (120),” said Assistant Engineer M R Hebbar.

With the completion of the bridge, the people of the region can have easy connectivity to Moodbidri. Padyarabettu is known for Kodamanithaya temple.

The 6.27 km road from Panimeru to Angarakaria has been completed. The road work which commenced on October 3, 2009 was delayed due to land problem and a resurvey had to be carried out with a redesign. The work on the bridge commenced on April 23, 2010. However, with the change in the design, it was delayed, said an official.

The mosque at Angarakaria has donated its land for the construction of the bridge.

Suresh, a resident of Panimeru said “the bridge was much needed for the residents of the region. We had to depend on ferry from Panimeru or Angarakaria to reach the main road. The road and the bridge also reduced the distance to Moodbidri by four kilometres.”

Mohammed Kunhi, another resident, said: “We have given 100 metre long 30 feet wide  land in the middle of our plantation for the bridge and the road. Though we have lost about 12 coconut trees and few arecanut trees, we have given our land for the benefit of the village.”

The official said there is 3-tier system to check the quality of the work which is being undertaken under PMGSY. The first tier include Project implementation unit. After the state quality monitor completes inspecting, a representative from National quality monitor will visit and inspect the quality of work. S C Jadav from National quality monitor visited the region on May 18 for inspection and has given his quality report.

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