Sunday, January 27, 2008

Infrastructure Projects in Mangalore

Was planning write a post on infrastructure projects in Mangalore from a long time. Finally writing one! Mangalore where the real estate market is booming, infrastructure projects are just the kind of boost which is required to sustain that boom.

near NITK, Surathkal
Near National Institute of Technology Karnataka(NITK), Surathkal

In my recent visit to Mangalore I could see flyovers coming up in and around the city. Most precisely in Surathkal, Kottara Chowki flyovers are coming up to reduce the pressure on National Highway no.17. Though few months back this very highway stretch from Mangalore to Udupi was in pathetic condition, now some improvement can be seen. Keeping in mind of the arrival IT, retail, manufacturing biggies in this coastal city, these could well serve as the right indicators. Attached are some of the photos from Mangalore where flyovers are coming up.

flyover construction in Surathkal

To one of my friends’ question, who is in Bangalore, whether Mangalore really requires such big infrastructure projects my answer was a firm yes so as to control the heavy traffic plying in NH17 and especially between Mangalore and Udupi. Now even Mangalore experiences lighter traffic jams some times! In the city, tar roads are being replaced with concrete roads as the heavy rains here alter the health of the roads in a short span of time. First one to go for such transformation was M G Road in Mangalore, which is now a show piece in the city with malls, commercial complexes along its sides. Then Hampankatta road was laid in concrete. Presently work on Balmatta-Jyothi road is under progress.

NH 17 near Mangalore
NH 17

In suburban areas like Konaje (near Mangalore University) where Infosys Development Center is coming up, quality roads are being laid much in the same fashion as Electronic city in Bangalore. On the administration front, there is a plan to include suburban areas around Mangalore under Mangalore City Corporation in anticipation of the demand of the future.

Construction of Flyover near Nanthoor, Mangalore
Near Nanthoor

Incidentally, Times of India (Bangalore edition) dated today; 27th January 2008 carried one page report on the tier II cities in Karnataka – Mangalore, Mysore and Hubli coming up in a big way. To access the electronic edition of the newspaper click here.

All these promise of the better future for the Mangaloreans.

Update : 06th June 2010
Following are the snaps of Infosys Campus at Konaje, Mangalore.
At the entrance of Infosys, Konaje, Mangalore
At the entrance of Infosys, Konaje, Mangalore
Infosys Mangalore campus at Konaje
Infosys Mangalore campus at Konaje



  1. NH 17 was in an all time pathetic condition last october. hope it will get well soon

  2. Yes, NH17 was in all pathetic condition most of last year which had given way to frequent protests by bus operators in the region. Hope in new year it will be good.



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