Tenders for the bridge-cum-barrage across the Netravathi, which connects Adyarkatte, off the National Highway 75, and Harekala, near Mangalore University, will be called for in another three months, Minister for Minor Irrigation C.S. Putturaju said here on Friday.
Talking to reporters after a visit to the place of the construction, Mr. Puttaraju said that the work on the bridge-cum-barrage to be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 174 crore was among the 769 projects under the Paschima Vahini Scheme.
“We have taken up the work of building vented dams across west-flowing rivers to impound drinking water. The State government is committed to executing the works (in the scheme) in right earnest,” he said. A sum of Rs. 1,568 crore has been earmarked by the government for the works under the scheme, he added.
Mr. Puttaraju said that the private agency, which was doing a detailed project report for the bridge-cum-barrage work, has been asked to submit the report at the earliest. The tender will be called in another three months and the work will start after two years, he said.
This proposed seven-metre wide bridge downstream of the Thumbe Vented Dam will help alleviate commuting woes of people in Konaje, Innoli, Harekala and surrounding areas. The barrage to be constructed below the bridge was proposed to impound about 6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water that would meet the drinking water needs of arid regions in Mangaluru taluk.