Opposing highway bypass, villagers stage massive protest in Kumta; submit memorandum

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Qazi | Published on 28th August 2018, 10:36 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Kumta: Opposing the move of National Highway authority conducting the survey for the highway bypass, the residents of Kalbag region in the taluk staged a massive protest on Monday, 27th August, demanding the widening of highway from the existing highway and not making its way into the villages with the intention of the bypass. 

Enraged protestors expressed outrage by urging that National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) even after having the blueprint of highway widening from town, has checked into the villages ohf Kalbag, Herwatta, and Maanir with heavy police protection in order to conduct a survey for the highway bypass. "To safeguard the interests of few rich businessmen, the politics is played behind the scene", they said.

The villagers tried to stop the authorities from conducting the survey, but the police force made their attempt to fail. At this moment the war of words between the authorities and the residents took place for few minutes. Enraged over this, the villagers in hundreds came out on the streets and held a massive protest to safeguard their properties.

The protest rally marked which began from Kalbag marked from the highway and ended up at Assistant Commissioner office.

The protesters expressed their anger saying that it was earlier finalized to construct four-lane from the existing highway. But, all at the sudden, with the intention to safeguard the interests of few rich businessmen, the politics are played behind the scene which made the NHAI to conduct bypass survey at Handigon, Kalbag, Herwatta, and Maanir region. "The majority of the people of Kumta are opposing the bypass project since the beginning and even today. We will be helpless after losing our properties if the bypass is constructed. If something goes wrong, the respective authorities and representatives will be held responsible", the villagers expressed their dissatisfaction.

They also threatened of a huge protest in the forthcoming days if at all their demands neglected. The memorandum was then handed over to Kumta Assistant Commissioner Laxmipriya. 

On this occasion, Shivappa Patgar, Nagesh Naik, Hari Naik, Ganesh Bhat, Sadanand Patgar, Rajesh Bhandari, Mary Fernandez, Handigon residents and many others were among the protesters.

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