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Old 2nd July 2007, 15:06   #1
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Default Coastal Karnataka National Highways: Monsoon Roads

This is an answer in advance to many queries regarding the road conditions in the beautiful coastal Karnataka this season. The place looks great, if you can manage to drive here.

This is the state of NH17 after 2 weeks of delayed monsoon. One can easily extrapolate how it will look after a month or two. Usually no repair work is undertaken until after monsoon.

This is NH17 near Mangalore.


This is NH48 near Shiradi ghat.


This is NH17 near Kundapur.


This is my town, here it only took two days of rain to reach this stage.


Source: All images are scanned from the local Kannada daily Udayavani.
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whoa looks like 4X4 territory. bad real bad. Almost unmotorable.
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Thanks for sharing Samurai. This should be invaluable for those planning to drive in/out of MLR area in the months to come.

They should use concrete instead of asphalt to rebuild all such NH stretches that get a combination of heavy tonnage traffic and heavy rains; else this problem will simply reoccur everytime it rains.
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NH17, between udipi n mlore has always been the same. felt it first hand in oct 2006 as well as may 2007
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Thanks a million Samurai,i was planning a trip next week. I guess it has to be an SUV like vid said!

1 request,can you kindly consider to update this thread as and when road situation changes from time to time???


Thanks in advance.
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They should use concrete instead of asphalt to rebuild all such NH stretches that get a combination of heavy tonnage traffic and heavy rains; else this problem will simply reoccur everytime it rains.
Concrete roads are 10 times expensive than tar roads. But that isn't the real problem. These roads are laid such that it will get destroyed thoroughly every year, so that new contracts can be given out every year. The PWD department and their contractors wouldn't have it any other way.

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1 request,can you kindly consider to update this thread as and when road situation changes from time to time???
That shouldn't be a problem.

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Some more of Shiradi Ghat (NH48) taken by my friend Satya who did this last week...








and there are many more....so far still far far better than Sept2006.

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Looking at these so called Hi-Ways, you really need a good SUV with a Highhhhhhhhhh ground clearance to get through. We must be ashamed to call it a hi-way.

I really dont think we are ever going to change. We keep talking about infrastructure but looks like all the money goes into the babu's pockets rather than the roads.

What is the use of paying such high road tax ?
MERA BHARATH MAHAN
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Abhi yes thats right far better than Sept 2006 . Samurai thanks for that, postponing my trip.
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Goodness gracious, do these roads qualify to be highways!! The best part of NH-17 is when it enters Goa. I haven't seen potholed highways in this state. I am not sure of the stretch between Goa to Bombay but it used to be one of the best.
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Road contractors must be rubbing their hands with glee and waiting for the monsoons to get over.. :(

As I said b4, take the flight if u need to go to M'lore now !!
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I feel this bad highway issue is from 2005 onwards, When I travelled in 2003 and 2004 in and around NH48, bangalore, mangalore, udupi, baindoor, Honnavar roads were very nice also inner roads around mangalore and kollur.

My relatives who stay that area told me from last 2 years roads are pathetic. no proper maintanance.

Goa has very good roads.

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Ravi.

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So Samurai San, when are you getting your Force 4*4? These roads are made for the Gama!
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There is a nice article about Shiradi ghat (NH48) in TOI today (Page 6).... Finally the road has been awarded to a contractor but the work will start from October, presently only NHAI is dumping gravel and sand at places to patch up the potholes (which is costing them in lakhs)...
Lets keep our fingers crossed and expect an excellent shiradi ghat road by December 2007...

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Finally,the culprits are off NH48......Iron ore trucks have been stopped on this route to prevent further damage.Hopefully,we will have good roads by the year end.But God save the alternate route these truckers are using.
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