The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has resumed work on the stretch between Nanthoor Circle and Bikarnakatte-Kaikamba on the National Highway No. 13 after two pending issues were solved.

Sources in the NHAI told The Hindu that an issue pertaining to shifting 33 kV underground power supply line on the stretch had been solved.

Mangalore Electricity Supply Company had disconnected the underground electricity supply line on the stretch after it commissioned a new line.

Another hiccup was the presence of six Koraga families near Nanthoor Circle.

The NHAI paid them Rs. 8.68 lakh as compensation on November 3. The compensation was for their houses and horticulture crop, they said.

The family of Thukra was paid Rs. 1.19 lakh; Vasanthi Rs. 76,004; Sundara Rs. 2.07 lakh; Leena Rs. 1.31 lakh; Shashikala 1.99 lakh; and Santhosh Rs. 1.34 lakh. Following this the families had vacated, sources said.

Assistant Commissioner of Mangalore Sub-Division Prabhulinga Kavalikatti said that some families approached him a few days ago and informed that they had vacated.

Sources said the NHAI had dropped the original proposal of constructing a 1-km long flyover at Nanthoor connecting NH 13 and NH 17. Instead, only a four-lane road would be laid.

It was because the pending issues had delayed taking up construction of flyover. They said the flyover would not be taken up under the Port Connectivity Project. It could be taken up under in any other project.

Sources said that 500-m long flyover at Bikarnakatta-Kaikamba would be completed.

It might be mentioned here that the Port Connectivity Project was taken up five years ago. Stretches of NH 17, NH 13 and NH 48 were widened under it between Surathkal on NH 17 and B.C. Road on NH 48.

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