Udupi: Indrali railway overbridge unfinished even after seven long years

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)

Udupi, Apr 15: The construction of the railway overbridge at Indrali, located at the center of the Udupi-Manipal highway, has been pending for seven years. Despite being only 15 feet in length, the construction has taken an unusually long time.

The bridge girders, expected to arrive by the end of December 2023, finally reached Udupi from Hubballi in the evening of January 2024. It was anticipated that work would commence thereafter. However, surprisingly, even after two-and-a-half months since the arrival of the girders, construction has yet to begin.

The Konkan Railway department has already provided the necessary NOC to the Udupi district administration for the construction of the overbridge at Indrali. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) clarified that NHAI would initiate the work by the end of February, with completion expected by the end of March. In early March, NHAI officials also assured that work would commence the following week, but this promise remains unfulfilled.

The two-way road from Udupi to Manipal sees all vehicles turning right in front of MGM College, leading to heavy traffic congestion and frequent minor accidents. With the onset of summer holidays, students from Indrali school are relatively safe, but private buses adding to the chaos by picking up and dropping off passengers going to and from the railway station at the junction have exacerbated the situation for motorists.

Nityananda Volakadu, convener of the Udupi District Nagarika Seva Samiti, expressed frustration at the prolonged delay, noting that promises of completion within the next 20 days have repeatedly fallen through. However, with the upcoming elections, protests are being withheld to avoid sending the wrong message.

Dr K Vidyakumari, deputy commissioner (DC) of Udupi, acknowledged the continued arrival of steel girders from Hubballi for the construction and cited a lack of coordination between Railway department and NHAI officials. Despite assurances from NHAI, the current ECC should not impede construction progress, and the DC emphasized her intolerance for any further delays in the matter.








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  • John, Karnataka

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    Daily people travel n this road. It is also peoples responsibility to ask candidates about this bridge. After voting people go to sleep mode.At least demand things like proper infra once u vote. This is a small bridge and it is still not completed. We should feel ashamed.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    NHAI is Pathetic ...

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    If the contractor or engineer want to pay commission to MLA & MP, how can they finish the project. No need of any construction, directly pay the money to BJP.

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  • Ashok K, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Invite Modiji to inaugurate the bridge.It will be ready.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    All fake promises and talk.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Pumpwell numberi....indrali dus numari.. 😂🤣🤑

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    very good...the public going through that road should suffer for another 10 years as they are repeatedly voting on the basis of religion and not party that will get the work done...keep going athi buddivanta public of udupi...

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  • Madhu, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Only minorities have the right to vote based on religion right.. in one block voting.. hypocrite number1

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  • habib, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    waiting for acche din

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  • vinaya, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    All people voted BJP in udupi and now again vote for same Party. Nother 5 years you wait for bridge to complete. Even in mangalore Kankanady railway bridge took 7 long years.

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  • Gibbs, Udupi District

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Where is Shobakkaaa??? She was UDUPI MP why didn't she complete the bridge work??? Why don't BJP accept their mistake? BJP requires 40% commission and some contractors cannot pay huge commission.

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Shameless Udupi electorate vote for not for the development but instead vote only for riligion affiliated background! No wonder it was called buddivantara jille once upon a time and now it is called buddi-vonte ra jille,!

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  • Sanjay, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    BJP Government will never intervene with the authorities to investigate the delay, because Udupi is considered South Indian state. They don't bother about the development, it is the state Government that has to take care of. But Railways come under central Government,that is why its delayed.

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  • Martin, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Probably to be completed by all the infected Andh Bhakts in 2099.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2024

    Breaking all world records........ was the contract given the now famous, Mega & Company in exchange for EBs😁??

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