Oscar Fernandes says the issue will be addressed soon after Railway Budget
The residents of Mahakalipadpu on Thursday took up their long-pending demand for a road over bridge at the level-crossing with Oscar Fernandes, MP, when he visited the spot.
The residents have been demanding a road over bridge as they say that frequent closure of the railway gate at Mahakalipadpu has been causing several problems. With nearly 50 trains taking this line daily, the residents said the gate was closed on an average for six hours a day. “The authorities know the problem, but are not addressing it,” said Rajagopal, who runs a grocery shop.
Mohammed U, president of Nirmala Nagara Hitrakshana Vedike, said although the Railways had announced taking up the work at a cost of Rs. 12 crore, it wanted the State Government to bear 50 per cent of the share. “The Mangalore City Corporation is not ready to provide Rs. 6 crore,” Mr. Mohammed said.
Instead of road over bridge at the level-crossing, the residents have suggested an alternative plan. This is construction of a mini bridge near the one that exists at Marnamikatte that connects the Marnamikatte and the Morgan's Gate, at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore. “This is the place where the Railways had a level-crossing two decades ago. There will be less displacement too as much of the land is with the Railways,” said T.K. Ahmed, member of Nirmal Nagar.
On Wednesday, the residents told Mr. Fernandes about the delay in the construction of road over bridge and the remedy proposed. The Nirmal Nagar residents told Mr. Fernandes the objections by the railways to asphalting of the road that goes to their area, which was in a bad shape.
Mr. Fernandes, who heard the residents, assured them of taking up the issue with Union Minister of State for Railway K.H. Muniyappa. “Wait for a month. I will bring this issue to the notice of Mr. Muniyappa after the Railway Budget and I will bring him here,” he said.