Trade activities hampered,  KCCI rues over government inaction in maintaining NH 75

The failure of the government to maintain the national highway 75 has hampered trade and commerce activities such as EXIM trade.

Published: 16th July 2022 09:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2022 11:27 AM   |  A+A-

Image of national highway used for representational purposes | Ashwin Prasath

Image of national highway used for representational purposes | Ashwin Prasath

Express News Service

Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry(KCCI) has expressed displeasure over failure of the government to maintain national highway 75 which has hampered trade and commerce activities such as EXIM trade, movement of LPG, agricultural products etc.

KCCI in a letter to Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari said that Shiradi Ghat witnessed yet another landslide on a section of NH 75. Subsequently,  the Hassan DC has issued an order barring of vehicular movements in the Shiradi Ghat stretch from 6pm to 6am and as a precaution, traffic from Maranahalli to Donigal- Heggade, about 20 km on NH 75, will move on a single lane from 6am to 6pm The traffic ban after dusk will stay until the rainfall subsides. This will severely affect the trade and commerce activities, particularly export-import trade.

"The sorry state of roads leading to landslides without proper planning and timely reconstruction of the roads when such disasters are anticipated has become a normal trend every year causing severe inconvenience to the people and particularly trade activities resulting in huge losses. Time and again KCCI has appealed to the leaders at State and Central governments to have an immediate action plan to set right this issue. There seems to be no accountability for such shoddy work and dilly-dallying to carry out repair and maintenance works on time by the concerned departments. The inevitable, made so by agencies has happened now and will further burden the taxpayers.

This raises a red flag as it may also lead to serious mishap in future putting the life of people in jeopardy if timely action is not taken by the government. Who will owe the accountability in such a situation? - Is it the Hassan district administration, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), state or central government? Neither the Charmadi Ghat nor the Sampaje Ghat could take goods trailer vehicles plying to New Mangalore Port. They have to take the Hubballi –Ankola route entailing an additional 350 kms with a whopping cost. While we see Highways across the country and even in the state are getting a facelift (even those with difficult terrain), the citizens of this region feel short-changed."

"We have been suffering for three decades because of improper handling of the Shiradi Ghat stretch. It is disheartening that the government has failed to provide good road connectivity between Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The apathy of the Shiradi Ghat Highway stretch was also brought to the notice of Minister Nitin Gadkari during his address to the KCCI members on February 28," said Shashidhar Pai Maroor, president of KCCI.


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