Mangaluru: Vehicle movement on newly-built Harekala-Adyar bridge in two days

Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Apr 1: It is learnt that two, three and four-wheelers will be allowed to traverse on the newly-built bridge that connects Adyar to Kannur directly on NH 75 from Harekala village of Ullal taluk.

The new bridge is almost complete but cannot be inaugurated as the election code of conduct is in place and people representatives are prohibited from indulging in any activity that is considered as influencing the voters.

It is said that villagers approached local MLA U T Khader and asked him to allow them to use the bridge as it is ready and Khader in turn has instructed the concerned government officials to do the needful.

MLA U T Khader said, “The construction work of Harekala-Adyar bridge is almost complete. But the bridge cannot be inaugurated as election code of conduct is in place. So I have asked the engineer of small irrigation department to allow movement of vehicles. Dam work is not yet completed. So the vehicle riders and drivers should take extreme care while driving on the bridge. Once the elections are over, the inauguration of the bridge will be done.”

Later, engineer of the company which has taken the contract for Harekala bridge that connects Adyar Kannur informed that the bridge will be open for traffic in another two days.

Khader clarified on Saturday April 1 that the curing of concrete that is done on the bridge needs another two days. In addition, the order from concerned staff has not arrived for the opening of the bridge for public commuting. Hence, he opined that the bridge may be opened for public transport in another two days if the order for the same is given by the small irrigation department.

Many people, who saw the news of the bridge being opened for public commuting from April 1 brought their vehicles till the bridge and returned and they were not allowed. Some of the citizens also ridiculed that this was ‘April Fool’ of the public on April 1.

The work on this bridge costing Rs 195.50 crore is almost complete. The bridge is 520 meter in length, 10 meter wide and 10.6 meter in height. It has got pedestrian walk on both sides of the bridge. There is a plan to supply the water that gets collected in the dam to houses and commercial establishments of Ullal area. In addition, this bridge will make the journey of villagers of Harekala, Pavoor, Konaje and Pajeer shorter to Mangaluru city.

In 2018, the then chief minister Siddaramaiah had reserved Rs 174 crore for this project. G Shankar Trust of Udupi had begun the work in January 2020 on a contract of Rs 195.50 crore. MLA Khader had laid the foundation stone on March 21, 2020. Now within three years, the bridge is ready for vehicular movement.





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  • Jeneview Lewis, Harekala /Dubai

    Sat, Apr 01 2023

    Respected Sir, MLA. U.T Khader, I am writing this message to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for the remarkable development works you have done in Harekala, Mangalore. Your unwavering dedication to the betterment of the people of Harekala is truly commendable, and the impact of your efforts is visible in the progress of the area. In particular, I want to thank you for the Harekala Adayar bridge project you have done. As a native of Harekala who currently resides in Dubai, I am aware of the difficulties we faced in connecting with the city with only two buses (Bus no. 55) serving the entire village and the other option was to cross the Nethravathi river via a local boat and reach Adayar before continuing to Mangalore. The newly constructed bridge is playing a crucial role in connecting the previously isolated areas of Harekala with the rest of the city. It has served as a vital lifeline for the people of the area, making commuting more convenient and improving the local economy. Moreover, the bridge has added to the beauty of the locality, as I personally witnessed during my recent visit to Mangalore/Harekala. The bridge was such a sight to beauty that it felt like a tourist attraction. I have high hopes that it will become a popular tourist destination in the future. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to MLA U.T Khader for his vision and dedication to the development of Harekala, your leadership and vision have been critical in bringing about this development. Your tireless efforts in providing essential services like healthcare, education and infrastructure development have also had a positive impact on the overall quality of life in the area. Once again, thank you for your outstanding contributions to the development. Even though I was not someone who has any interest in politics….. the development works you have carried out in the area have compelled me to write this thank you note. I am grateful for your efforts and contributions to the community.

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