Rs. 25-crore plan to develop Makutta road

Staff Correspondent

The work will be completed in a year

90 culverts to be built on the stretch

Madikeri: The Kodagu Public Works Department (PWD) will submit a Rs. 25-crore plan to the State Government to develop the Virajpet-Makutta Road, connecting Kodagu and Kerala, according to information received here on Tuesday.

This inter-State highway is in a bad condition. The PWD has been following up the matter for some time and the Government has released Rs. 7 crore to repair the road, according to Satyanarayana Rao, in-charge Executive Engineer, PWD, Kodagu.

He told The Hindu on Tuesday that the work on the road would be taken up from near the Perumbadi Lake on Virajpet-Makutta Road, he said. ‘We have a plan to construct 90 culverts on the stretch.”

‘Filter beds’

The PWD would provide “filter beds” to prevent depression on the road. Of the 12-metre wide road, 5.5 metres would be asphalted. Protection walls would be built to prevent land-sliding, Mr. Rao said.

A detailed project report (DPR) had been prepared by 3G consultants, Mysore, based on which the Rs. 25-crore plan was being prepared, he said.

The Virajpet-Mukutta Road has been in news for some years now. A citizen of Virajpet had even filed a PIL with regard to the poor condition of the road. The court had viewed the matter seriously.

Every 100-metre cross section of the road was being tested under the CBR method (California Bearing Ratio), based on which the thickness of the road would be determined, Mr. Rao said.

The vehicle-carrying capacity would be determined first and a perspective plan for 50 years would be prepared. Work would start after the monsoon and completed in a year. Before the end of this monsoon, the PWD aimed at obtaining administrative approval and technical approval and finalising the process of e-tendering. A meeting involving Forest Department and PWD would be convened to take steps to prune branches of trees along the road, he said.

Mr. Rao said that heavy traffic on the Sampaje-Kodagu-Sakleshpur-Hassan Road would be stopped as the Shiradi Ghat road had been reopened. Despite opening the road for traffic, heavy trucks still used the Sampaje-Madikeri-Sakleshpur-Hassan Road.

This would damage the Sampaje-Madikeri Road, which was repaired recently. He had informed the matter to Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan, he added.