Potholes make drive on this stretch nightmarish

November 14, 2013

Prakash Samaga, TNN |

UDUPI: Potholed-riddled National Highway 66 stretch between Kundapur to Shiroor is a driver’s nightmare. Motorists say that they cannot take a speed of over 20kmph on the stretch though it is a national highway. The bad condition of the road is also affecting tourists inflow to Maravanthe beach, a much sought-after tourism destination.G M Cheriyabba, a resident of Gulwadi, said nothing has been done to change the condition of the road in the past six months. “The repair work is delayed as there is a proposal to make the road from Kundapur to Karwar a four lane stretch. Repair works should be done to ease the traffic soon. There are hundreds of potholes near the KSRTC bus stand in Kundapur, Hemmady, Maravanthe, Byndoor and Shiroor. Ambulances also face inconveniences due to the poor condition of the road. The condition of Arate Bridge in this stretch is no better,” he added.Manjunath Nayak, an engineer attached to the national highway wing of the public works department said as the stretch was handed over to NHAI for converting it to a four lane road, the grant required for the repair works was delayed. “Recently Rs 85 lakh has been deposited by the NHAI with the state PWD to start asphalting works. The last date for submitting the tender is November 19. The work will be taken up shortly after that. On the 30 km stretch, 17.3 km is badly damaged. This will get the first priority,” he added.


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