To develop Karnataka’s coastal infrastructure, the Coastal Development Authority has now embarked on 3 ambitious projects totaling Rs 1,800 crore. The feasibility study of these projects is currently being undertaken and the reports will be handed over to the government for approval.
The 3 projects include 38.1 km circular ring road Mangala Corniche estimated at Rs 700 crore, the four laning of 70 km state highway 67 from Bajpe to Athradi, via Mangalore-Belman-Udupi estimated at Rs 200 crore and concreting 300 km of fisheries road running parallel to NH (National Highway) 17 from DK to Uttara Kannada at a cost of Rs 900 crore.
While the concrete fisheries road will help in tapping tourism potential of the district, the four-laning of the Bajpe-Athradi Road will help link the Bajpe airport to Udupi-Manipal and Uttara Kannada, thus eliminating the need for another airport. Bajpe town located just 18 kms away from the heart of Mangalore city is dotted with various religious places like Porkodi Shiva Temple, Sri Shanishwara temple, Muhiyudeen Jumma Masjid among others. Meanwhile, the operations at the new integrated building at Kenjaru village will commence in the last week of July.