MANGALORE: The Kundapur-Talapady four-laning works which were initiated two years ago are expected to be completed by March next year, despite the project facing several hurdles including litigations. The works underway on the NH 66 and NH 17 between Suratkal-Nantur, Kundapur and Talapady are presently limping and the reasons cited for the same are the controversies that have cropped up over the construction of fly overs and bye pass enroute.
Sources have also indicated that the blue print of this project had to be altered owing to divergent views on constructing fly-overs and bye-pass in some places. The project covering 90 km stretch of road is being undertaken by Navayug Udupi Tollway Limited. The third phase of the project would be undertaken by the NHAI on BOT model.
Already elected representatives have demanded for a change in the flyover plan near Kundapur Shastri Circle, Pumpwell in Mangalore and at Tokkottu. In Pumpwell, the controversy is over the removal of the huge Kalasha in the Pumpwell circle. Even the bye pass construction at Padubidri and Mulki is under dispute. Already, five cases are before the Karnataka High Court in this regard.
Though the authorities are stating that the works would be complete by March 2012, there is no guarantee that the works would be over even by then.