MANGALORE: The hastiness with which Ircon, the contract agency of the BC Road-Suratkal four-laning project, has taken up the toll gate construction works at Brahmarakootlu, has raised several eyebrows.
If works undertaken until now on the four-laning stretch, including fly overs are of any indication, then it has to be concluded that Ircon is not even fit to construct a 35 km long road. If the fly over project at Nantur has been dropped, the one at Maroli is half completed and in Padil it has been linked to the road in an unscientific manner. That’s not all, the mandatory service roads are missing almost everywhere. So far, not even a single bus shelter has been constructed along this stretch. Even when everything is in total disarray, the Ircon has embarked on the construction of a toll gate. The toll gate is under construction just 100 meters away from the Tumbay vented dam on the NH 48 near BC Road and the work is nearing completion. The NH Authority is expected to invite tenders for toll collection no sooner the DC assures to convince the detractors.
The NHAI is also interested in constructing a similar toll gate near NIT-K Suratkal, but the project has suffered some setback due to opposition from the local citizens’ committee.
Though one Gavasane is the Project Director of the NHAI as far as this work goes, it is not known if this officer is in Mangalore or elsewhere. Anyone who seeks information regarding the toll gate from his office, would get an invitation to visit the office on a particular date. However, a visit to the office would be disappointing as the clerk would say that the officer is out of station. It has been learnt that a local TV correspondent too had a similar experience.