Mangaluru: Shiradi Ghat's proposed tunnel route not feasible - Union minister Gadkari

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Dec 9: There are signs that the much-awaited and decade old proposal of making tunnel road on Shiradi Ghat, is going to be dropped by the union government. The central government feels that the project involves mammoth investment and is filled with many challenges.

The matter was clarified in the answer that union minister for highways and land transport Nitin Gadkari gave to the question of MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday in the parliament.

Gadkari, who had arrived to Mangaluru in the month of February this year, had promised that the six-lane Shiradi Ghat project will be taken up soon and the project worth Rs 14,000 crore was awaiting a nod.

Gadkari clarified on Thursday that in order to ease traffic on Shiradi Ghat, the two-lane highway will be converted into four-lane and experts had already been nominated by the NHAI to prepare a DPR on the project.

Representatives of Canara Chamber of Commerce and Industries always urged that the tunnel project is vital in order to ease goods and passenger transport from Mangaluru to Bengaluru.

GIO Consult India of Austria origin had readied the DPR of tunnel road on Shiradi Ghat. The 23.5 km long stretch had six tunnels and seven bridges in it.

At present it takes seven to eight hours to reach Bengaluru from Mangaluru by road. Tunnel road would have reduced the time on the Ghat section by at least one hour. Another point is that if the tunnel is made forest will not get destroyed. If the two-lane ghat road is converted into four-lane, it will involve destruction of forest area.





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  • R.krishna, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    As per last month's report Karnataka is second only to Maharashtra in GST collection in the country. We have also seen the report that the Centre has reduced tax devolution to the state to 3.646 % from 4.713 % for the year 2021 - 2022. A request for a special grant of Rs.5096 crores to bridge the shortfall over the years is rejected by the Central government. Despite milking the State year on year, when it comes to providing basic infrastructure the Central government mercilessly junks the proposal citing lack of funds. Successive governments in the State be it Congress or BJP have failed to articulate Karnataka's needs when their own party rules in the Centre also. The only way we can prosper is voting for a regional player with a developmental agenda casting aside vote bank politics. The moot question is are we mature enough to understand that the so called double engine government or same party rule is disastrous to our interests.

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  • Rajesh S Kotian, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    It is purely discriminate to southern india and mangalore. We all know weakness of Mangalore & Udupi MPs , but intervening Devegowda , Kumaraswamy , DK Shivkumar , and Siddaramayya imminent , they all should put pressure on the central government . Because these politicians used to visit Dharmastala and Subramanya oftenly . Uttarakhand chardham possible why not here.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    The backward thinking of our politicians is astounding. Just think the main priority of our state govt should be to connect our state capital to the nearest port in order to ship goods in and out. 4 lane should have been already done 20 years ago and now they should have been planning 6 lane. But here we are in 2022 stuck with only 2 lane road. I have visited maharashtra and Tamil nadu by road. I have to say that karnataka has got worst road infrastructure. Our politicians are just plan on how much corruption they can make and nothing else. Just take our district example. DK has the second highest per capita income after Bangalore. We are touted as the people with good education. Yet our roads are pathetic. If a person is killed, we look for all the possible communal angles but when a person dies because of poor roads we dont even care. Most incredible part is that, we drive through highway with potholes and pay toll for using that road.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    We need money for statues

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  • Steven, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    All the funds are only for Gujarath and Uttarpradesh and Maharastra. Nothin for South Indians Nalin Kumar has done nothinng for Manalore he is winning the election only because of Modi, He has done zero if we take his report card. Mangalore is developed only because of Private Mangalorean people these BJP has done nothing No one even bothers about Mangalore. No companies are coming to Mangalore. always communial issues this is why most are leaving abroad.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    China can help to makie it possible . !

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  • Lambert, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    They will build all kind of Tunnels in the North with taxpayers money in guise of tolls collected from Saffron Manganauru.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    For China anything is possible !

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Like bhakts care about destruction of forest

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  • Aam Aadmi, Ihaloka

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    After 15L Topi became LOW TUSS now this tunnel joomla became another LOW TUSS .

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  • Anand A, Mangaluru

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Bullet train running on hot tea steam, is possible.

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  • Valerian Crasta, Madyantar

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    We have tried everything else. The heavy monsoons in the ghat washes away the best of concrete roads. Tunnel is the only solution.

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  • Mathew, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Forget tunnels, these incompetent ministers can't maintain a two lane road and are promising four lane and six lane roads. The stretch from Maranahalli to Sakleshpur has been horrible for years together. These are not even bothered to do patch work. Driving is so risky. But dollar pumpwell takes flight to Bangalore and won't understand common man's pain. Bhakts will support him unconditionally.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    For cattle government nothing is impossible ! If you have the expertise of toppling legally and popularily elected by money power why can't a tunnel cannot be built. Just think of China but do not compare. They will make it possible what BJP nut shells think immpossible. We can build cow sheds and illegal fundamentalists brigades in the country witin no time. Still compare cows to Gods !

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  • True politician, Kudla

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Avu yeddand. Tunnel Malthudu , bus Ponaga tunnale kusidu boorunda naramanina mullula thikkand. Ghati da road dappa , dappa concrete padudu yedde strong malpule orane 4-5 bus popilekka. Dada panpar cynthiaji??

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Not feasible? Install toll gates at a distance of every mile.....then everything possible. Many will get jobs

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Dec 10 2022

    Cynthia, Stop giving him Ideas ...

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  • Antony, Padil

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    Gadkari says India will get roads like America. Just see the state of NH 75 shiradi ghat horrible roads with huge potholes. KSRTC bus drivers are fearing bus will topple if they go speed ultimately it is risking their and passengers lives.

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  • Amith, udupi

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    BJP only knows how to dig tunnels in poor mans pocket

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  • JD, Mangaluru

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    This is not good news for people from Mangaluru and Udupi. This tunnel was very important for development of coastal region. What are MPs from Mangaluru (DK) and Udupi doing? If they don't push this project, how will this happen? They need to put effort and ensure this project is implemented ASAP. When Oscar Fernandes was Central Minister, he had pushed for this project I believe. It would have been definitely implemented.

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 09 2022

    40% and he will sing a different song ...

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