Barge service in the Tumari area was suspended on May 6
SHIMOGA: Barge service to ferry people in the Sharavathy backwaters area from Holebagilu to Tumari-Byakodu and Sigandur in Sagar taluk has been suspended owing to repair work.
This is the only means of transportation for the people of the area to reach Sagar for their day-to-day work. The suspension of barge service has not only affected the people, but also the tourists visiting the backwaters.
The service was suspended on May 6 after a big hole was noticed in the barge.
Many villages submerged when Linganamakki dam was constructed in 1964. Tumari and Karur hoblis became islands.
People from Tumari and surrounding villages said that though leaders of various parties had promised to improve the transport network, nothing had been done.
During the regime of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition, the then district in-charge Minister and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa sanctioned one more launch to improve the service.
After becoming Chief Minister, Mr. Yeddyurappa dedicated the second launch to the pubic in January. The new launch, designed and fabricated by a Gujarat-based company at a cost of Rs.75 lakh, was not delivered on time.
While addressing the gathering on that occasion, Mr. Yeddyurappa promised the people that a bridge would be built across the Sharavathy to link the affected villages to the taluk headquarters.
According to the people of Sigandur, a well-known pilgrim centre, the number of tourists visiting the area increased after the introduction of two launches and pressure on the old launch was reduced to an extent. People have urged the State Government to take steps to repair the launch at the earliest.