PADUBIDRI : The state government giving its green signal for the construction of a bye- pass
at Padubidri, despite the DC report recommending against it, has invited the ire of the
local residents as well as various organizations, who are once again planning to take
up cudgels against the government. This in turn, is feared to cause further delay in the
implementation of the highway widening project.
The report by the Udupi DC had said that the
construction of a bye-pass at Padubidri. Even as the issue was under debate at the central
level, the state government has in a haste given its green signal for the project, several
locals have alleged. It has meanwhile been learnt that the DC’s report against a bye- pass
proposal was still under the consideration of the Centre.
The locals argue that the construction of a bye- pass at Padubidri would mean that several people
would be rendered displaced. According to one estimate, nearly 58 families including 28
Dalit families will have to forgo their houses in case the bye- pass proposal was initiated.
The committee fighting against the bye- pass proposal is also thinking in terms of taking
to legal recourse in case even the Centre decides to go ahead with the bye- pass proposal.
road extension was more suitable than