Mangaluru: Footbridge connecting Pavoor-Uliya isle washed away in heavy rains

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, May 21: With heavy rains lashing the district during the last two days, a footbridge connecting Pavoor-Uliya Kudru (isle) was washed away on May 20.

The bridge was constructed on the Nethravathi River. This 250-meter bridge was constructed by the residents with the help of donors. This temporary bridge with iron structure and wooden planks was constructed at a cost of Rs 18 lac a few years ago. This bridge has supporting pillars installed below the river base. Wooden planks provide the base for pedestrians. Unfortunately, the heavy rain which lashed for two days has destroyed this bridge.

In Pavoor-Uliya isle as many as 60 families are residing. They have given several memorandums to MLA U T Khader and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel urging them to construct a permanent bridge. But the administration has failed to respond to their woes.

When it rains continuously, the students cannot go to the schools or colleges. Laborers cannot go to work as the Nethravathi river flows in full force. People need to stock the groceries when it rains heavily. Sometimes, during the rainy season, the people cross the river haunted by the fear of drowning.

This isle is not far from the city. This isle is located in the middle of River Netravati near Adyar on National Highway 75. The residents here have been pleading for a permanent bridge for a long time. Their pleas have not yet been considered by the successive governments. The politicians appease the residents of the isle with liberal promises only when elections are approaching and forget them thereafter. The residents have been spending lacs of rupees every year to build this temporary bridge. People here have to use boats to cross the bridge and establish contact with the outer world. During the rainy season, the river flows in its full glory and crossing the river on a boat becomes a difficult task.

There are no street lights, shops and medical assistance available on this isle. Hence, the residents have to depend totally on either Mangaluru city or Adyar or Farangipet.

Most of the isle dwellers here make a living by fishing and rolling beedies. However, due to rampant sand mining and other ecological imbalance causing factors, the fishing activity has been affected and they are forced to take up alternative jobs outside the isle.




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  • Francis, Mangalore

    Sat, May 21 2022

    Dear All, Please don't expect anything from incompetent politician. Better Mangalore citizens to contribute and cone forward to finance for constructing bridge.. It's not question of 60 families. It priority in this modern world so called smart city urban development need to secure our brothers and sisters, family lives. How can we progress without access.. Jai Tulu Nadu. GOD BLESS YOU..

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Sat, May 21 2022

    People in India should start doing what Srilankan people to their politicians.

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sat, May 21 2022

    Ye first to ye hockey sticks hadn....poillyan poilo maaar tuzo podondi....fhar....fhar....usollyabori.....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, May 21 2022

    40% ka Kamaal!

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, May 21 2022

    Karnataka is totally failed in administration from BJP, CONGRESS, JDs. Simply fooling voters and enjoying with our tax paid money, and establishment of their private business. NOW ONLY HOPE IS AAP. We have to give a chance to them and peoples of this state should enjoy like Delhi and Punjab.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, May 21 2022

    You know what to do when Politicians come begging for votes ...

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Sat, May 21 2022

    Should have asked Raghupathi Bhat for Floating Bridge ;) ;) ;) Nalin Kumar Kateel is busy propagating the failure of congress everyday.

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  • Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, May 21 2022

    It is due to Nehru.

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  • Swedel, Pavoor uliya Island

    Sat, May 21 2022

    Yes very much needed bridge, its a necesity.... Thanks

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