Mixed response to NH bundh

Mixed response to NH bundh

Mixed response to NH bundh

JD(S) district President Deviprasad playing cricket on NH 17 at Padubidri. DH photoThe bundh was observed between 6 am and 3 pm to draw the attention of the government on the deplorable condition of the National Highways and other interior roads.

The bundh was successful in Udupi district. Majority of the buses in Udupi district were seen taking alternative routes to ply between Kundapur and Udupi. The protest was stopped early to avoid further inconvenience to travellers. The NH stretch in Udupi district was converted into a play ground besides a ‘stage’ for theatre shows. The committee activists were seen playing cricket and staging plays along with other entertainment programmes on the road.

There was good response for the National Highway bundh in Kundapur. Barring two minor incidents at Koteshwara and Kundapura Shastri Circle, the bundh was peaceful. In Shastri Circle, the protestors blocked NH 17 for vehicular movement. As a result, those who had to ply to Koteshwara and Basroor had a tough time.

In Mulki, the roads wore a deserted look as the buses were off the road. In fact, some of the shops remained closed in Mulki and Kaup. There was disruption in the movement of buses from Mulki-Kinnigoli. The buses were plying as usual in Kinnigoli and Maravoor road. As Kambala was taking place in Ontikatte in Moodbidri, the buses were plying in the route. In some places, people had to depend on autorickshaws.

Cricket on tarmac

The bundh was successful in Kaup and the public were seen playing cricket on the National Highway. The movement of vehicles between Padubiri-Karkala was stopped.
The busy city roads in Mangalore had less number of vehicles plying owing to the bundh. Though the Dakshina Kannada Bus Operators Association had stated that they will ply buses as usual, several city buses were off the road.

The police arrested nearly 30 to 50 persons for stopping the vehicles from plying through the city and other district roads at junctions like Pumpwell Circle and Kottara Chowki.

Several schools had declared holiday on Saturday. The number of commuters in buses was also less.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, KSRTC Division Controller Karumbaiah said “we had problem in running KSRTC buses in Kundapur. However, we did not experience any problem in other National Highway routes.”

All India Lorry Transport Congress President Shanmugappa informed that a delegation will meet Union Surface Transport Minister Kamalnath on February 9 in Bangalore and will urge him to release the fund for the repair of road.  If the government fails to release the fund, the next course of action will be decided.
Udupi Deputy Superintendant of Police Jayanth Shetty informed that the bundh went off smoothly in the district. No untoward incidents have been registered.

Convener of the Committee B Govindraj Hegde said “we received good response for the bundh. The bundh covered 630 kms stretch of National Highways in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. The bundh was peaceful. The traffic was blocked in Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada due to mine lorries and tankers.”

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