NHAI committed to restoring Port Connectivity Road

A stretch of the highway at Nanthoor junction was repaired by NHAI on Monday.

A stretch of the highway at Nanthoor junction was repaired by NHAI on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Arranged

Patchwork filling is temporary; affected stretches will be restored, says Project Director

National Highways Authority of India’s Mangaluru Project Office has said it intends to completely address the issue of battered New Mangalore Port Connectivity Road while patchwork is done to alleviate problems for the time-being.

“People have become restless following the pathetic condition of the road for the last two years. They expect the authority to restore the road overnight,” said Project Director Shishu Mohan. An overnight restoration was near impossible and hence NHAI has taken up patchwork of filling major potholes on the stretch, he told The Hindu.

As a long-term measure, NHAI has decided to concretise stretches of NH 66 that get eroded following constant rainwater logging. They include Honnakatte, Baikampady, Panambur and Kuloor Junctions. It may include some more if needed.

The stretch between Baikampady and Kulur as well as BMS Hotel and Nanthoor that are almost worn out would see a fresh layer of bitumen soon, Mr. Mohan said. He said as soon as patchwork filling was done, fresh bitumen would be laid on stretches that are affected more.

Mr. Mohan said since his posting a few months ago, he has been working to address the water logging on the Port Connectivity Road. The contract for restoration was awarded during the monsoon to take up work immediately after the rains. Unfortunately, the rains continued for long and caused severe damage, he said.

He said NHAI/ the contractor were also facing the issue of short-supply of bitumen as mixing plants in the area were yet to become fully functional.

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