People living in villages residing near Linganamakki reservoir are facing difficulty because of poor connectivity.
The Ennehole bridge that connected Karur hobli with Bhatkal collapsed in August because of heavy rain. Farmers in the region are finding it difficult to transport their agricultural produce to Sagar and Bhatkal. Students in the region struggle to cross the backwaters to go to school at Kattinakaru.
The Department of Inland Water Transport has provided a barge for the people to cross the backwaters of Linganamakki reservoir to reach Tumari. Devotees in large number visited Sigandur near Tumari during Dasara this year.
According to sources, over one lakh tourists visited Sigandur. The supply of essential commodities to the villages came to a halt as the barge was overloaded with tourist vehicles.
People residing near the Sharavathi have demanded the district administration should build a barge to cater to the need of tourists, and reserve the existing barge for the locals.
As a solution to the transportation woes of the region, the State government had approved building of a 2.16-km bridge to connect Kalasavalli with Ambaragodlu.
The delay in commissioning the project was discussed during the progress review meet held here recently which was chaired by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
The engineers of zilla panchayat informed the meeting that, tenders were invited in this regard and work would commence by the end of December.
The road connecting Bidarur-Indrodimane-Kudagunji in Linganamakki backwater region is in poor condition.