Bantwal: Work resumes on Netravati River Bridge in Panemangaluru

Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (MS)

Bantwal, January 9: Work on the Panemangaluru Bridge, crossing the Netravati River as part of the BC Road-Addahole NH 75 development works, has resumed. When road works are completed in two years, the new 386-meter-long bridge will also be open to the public.

NH’s work, which had stalled many years ago, resumed only a few months ago. Two different companies were awarded the contract. The works on the 15 km stretch of highway from Addahole to Periyashanti were contracted out to SM Authade Private Limited Company of Pune, Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs 317 crore. Likewise, the works on the 49 km stretch of motorway from Periyashanti to BC Road, will be delivered by KNR Construction Limited at an estimated cost of Rs 1600 crore.

Both sides of the bridge will have abatements and 11 piers will be built at an average distance of 38 meters from each other. The work of laying pillar beds has started since the end of Panemangaluru. As the water flows into the river due to the eddies of the Tumbe dam, mud is poured in order to carry out the work.

In addition to the new bridge over the Netravati River, another bridge will be built over the Kumaradhara River in Uppinangady. The current bridge built at Panemangaluru is the third bridge. The previous bridge was made of steel. In addition to these, another bridge for the railway is also built.

KNR Construction Company has been given a deadline of November 22, 2023 to complete work on a 49 km stretch of NH, including a six-lane flyover at Kalladka, service roads, underpass and overpass roads and two huge bridges.

The new Panemangaluru bridge will be wider than the previous one. The old bridge is 10.4 meters wide, while the new one will be 13.5 meters and will be built at a height of 16 meters from the river.

Maria D. Ervin