Moodubelle: Foundation stone for the vented dam laid at Ankudru

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Report by Eugene Moodubelle
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Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 07 February 2010: The foundation stone for the vented dam to be built under the auspices of the Karnataka Government’s Minor Irrigation Department, Mangalore Division was laid by Mr. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MP from Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha Constituency on Saturday, 6th February 2010 at 10.30 am at Ankudru in Moodubelle. The priest from Shri Madhvacharya Moola Sansthana, Padubelle, Shri Madhava Upadhyaya presided over the brief religious function and blessed the two blocks of soft stones (moora kallu) before being formally laid in a small pit symbolising the laying of the foundation for the proposed Vented dam.

Besides Mr. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the foundation laying function was attended by Mr. Lalaji R. Mendon, MLA from the Kaup Constituency, Mr. Gerald Fernandes, President of the Social Justice Committee, Udupi Zilla Panchayat, Mr. Sashidhar Wagle, President of the Belle Grama Panchayat, Mrs. Leena Noronha, Vice President of the Belle Grama Panchayat, Mrs. Celestine Martis, Member of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat, Mr. Gangadhar Acharya and Parashuram Bhat-both members of the Belle Grama Panchayat, Mr. Vijayananda Shetty of Kundapur, the contractor of the project and a number of prominent villagers from Moodubelle, Pamboor and Kattingeri. Mr. Devdas Hebbar anchored the programme.

In their brief speeches, Mr. Sadananda Gowda and Mr. Lalaji R. Mendon emphasised on the developmental work that has been going on in the Belle Grama Panchayat area such as improvement of roads and building of vented dams. Mr. Sadananda Gowda pointed out that the laying of the foundation stone symbolised the transfer of the responsibility to the villagers who should see to it that the dam is completed in time and that the contractor uses good quality material for the construction of the dam.

Mr. Lalaji R. Mendon recalled the various developmental works that have been initiated and completed in his constituency. Mr. Gerald Fernandes while thanking Mr. Sadananda Gowda and Mr. Lalaji R. Mendon for their cooperation in getting financial assistance from the MP and MLA funds respectively and from the government for various developmental projects pointed out that by digging additional wells by both the sides of the river water can be conserved for drinking purpose that can be supplied even to far off places such as Katapadi and Innaje.

The estimated cost of the vented dam to be constructed at Ankudru is Rs.81 lakhs. The dam would be 42 metres long and 3.50 metres in height. It will be 2.40 metres wide on the top so that small vehicles such as cars and rickshaws can pass over it. There will be 17 vents each with a width of 2 metres. Once completed, the dam will have a holding capacity of over one million cubic metres of water that can be used to irrigate over 200 acres of land in Belle, Kattingeri and Shirva villages.

The contractor of this project, Mr. Vijayananda Shetty has promised that he will complete the project in 90 days. He claims that he can achieve this target by his earlier experiences in which he had completed the Kemthur Vented Dam in 75 days and the Kanaradi-Manipura Vented Dam in 40 days. The villagers of Belle and Kattingeri hope that Mr. Vijayananda Shetty will keep his promise and complete the project by the stipulated time that he himself as set as the target.


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stephen, moodubelle Thu, August-4-2011, 11:53
Constructed on the basis of the local need and and according to the geographical situations.The conditions of the environmental issues were thoruoghly studied and implicated,. if you raise the height of the dam it will dffinately effect to the inhabitats of the locality and result in flashfloods. You may refer to the report of Mr. Eugene Dsouza in Bellevision dated 05/02/2010 of the innauguration function of the dam.The function was attended by Mr. DV Sadananda gowda, the present CM,The estimated and sanctioned amount for this dam was only 81,00,000rupees.It is pity to comment on any of the leader, irrespective of their party for mishandling such HUGE funds.Now you may go with your grievances to Mr. DVS Gowda and help the locals and complete the pending work of the dam or wait until the new budget for any provisions.
Suraj-Belle, Moodubelle Wed, August-3-2011, 9:23
Sadananda Gowdre¦.Eer Ankuduruda bathed KessarKall padth pothar. bokka dala suddi ijji. Anuduru Sanka erena betthadi Kessard Murkud pothundu. Maldina bele onji samakatt malthenda onthey yedde athuv panpina namma pambur janaklena abipraya. Ankudurug Yepa barpar panley?? Nama kathondulla.
sadanand moolya, kabyadi Tue, August-24-2010, 3:47
please compleate the road works and the new bridge pamboor kabyadi moodubelle as soon as possible
Stany, Moodbelle Thu, February-18-2010, 11:33
Dear Gracy , I have a strong feeling that somebody is commented in your name , it seems there are no gentle men in Pamboor and only those few left are cowards ,and they don ‘t have guts to write their own name , and throwing stone standing in the dark. Listen all, without giving the land how they can start building the vented dam ??? And nobody can stop to go anywhere in our country. We all are Indians have constitutional rights to go anywhere in India. Moreover you have to appreciate those who already left the Pamboor and settled elsewhere, instead of feeling jealous. If you have any land problem you talk to the right person and sort out the problem, not just by using this column unnecessarily .Finally can the readers know about the contributions from you to Kabyadi in first place before pointing at others.
gracy, kabyadi house Tue, February-16-2010, 8:39
The selfish people are responsible for the present status of Pamboor- Kabyadi road. When good things come on their way they just can\'t take it. Few people of Pamboor who commented in this column work abroad and their family stays in Udupi and elsewhere, right? They don\'t even come to Kabyadi. So i request them to kindly donate small portion of their land so that they can make the road upto this dam at least. First you take some initiative to improve the road and then point out other people. Feeling jealous is not going to help anybody. These people are the only sadistic persons in entire Kabyadi. If you donate some land then our area will naturally improve. So please do not poke your nose in unnecessary things.
Anil, pamboor Fri, February-12-2010, 12:29
Dear Alwyn, we are happy when the good things are coming in our place , and really we have to appricaite that ,but i hope u know about this road (pamboor school to till kabaydi ) it is still same today from our grandfather time ,(50 years ago) , coz of some internal poltics and i think u agree with this my point, you people coming once in a year for A Month and how many days you stayong in pamboor ,you have flat in udupi , we are the people suffering most wea are using this road all the 365 days !!! ,without critise society cannot develop , as there is positive u have accept negative also .am not againist that dam i just request this people to repair this road first then go for this big vented dam.
Alwin, Pamboor Thu, February-11-2010, 6:55
Dear Anil, commmon man...its is easy to critise blame xyz, ask yourself wht efforts did u put for the emprovement,be happy good things r comming up at our place finally.
anil, pamboor Thu, February-11-2010, 1:34
Hey Guys , that good news not for us, when u came pamboor last time ?? from past 10 years the rods condation is same(pamboor school to kabyadi) and it is going day by day wrost .so i know nobody is take intrest to develop this road ,you guys in duabi, and it is easy to say good work,we know how we strugle to go by this road for our daily work .
Alwin, kabyadi/Pamboor Wed, February-10-2010, 9:05
Great news, congrats well done Mr Jerry co. all the best and keep on doing good things to our society.
peter, Pamboor Tue, February-9-2010, 8:48
I do agree with pamboor road we cannot go with auto.Even they are not comming until our home.Pls repair the road world change but pamboor will not change
santhosh prakash mendonca, padubelle / pamboor Tue, February-9-2010, 7:37
welldone ,very nice job ,go ahead.
William, Pamboor Tue, February-9-2010, 9:38
Congrats to u Jerry for the wonder ful thought of Pamboor-Belle Dam Project. May God bless this Project and lead to it s Success.there will be always Criticizers behind a good deed. never let ur self down Go ahed!!!!
Prakash Dsouza, Panjimar Tue, February-9-2010, 9:24
Congarts to the whole team of Belle Panchaiti.River The Dams are the back bones for the development of Villages.this dam project will surely help the needies which help them to come up from the water problems. Requesting all the concerns and Good hearted people to support this big event/Project insted of diging out the old unsolved issues and wasting valuable time.Cheer up Guys.. at least some good things are happening now in our Village!!!!
wilfy, pamboor Tue, February-9-2010, 6:29
yes , it is good work ,This is the dream of pamboorians and belleans from last 25 years ,but as Mr Wilson told can these people take more intrest to repair the road from Pamboor school to kabyadi till the river, the condtion of this road is very wrost only big stones are in the middle of the road so it is beter to reapir this road ,and then go for the big vented dam .all the best.
Vincy, Pamboor, Padubelle Tue, February-9-2010, 12:19
Commendable work. Congratulations. Young politician Jerald Fernandes has proved that if there is a will there is a way. Dont worry about the back-biters. Go ahead.
Alfred Martis, Gududottu--Muscat Tue, February-9-2010, 12:03
Congrats.Mr.Gerald Team. Make sure the road TO and FROM this project completes in time.
Denis Dcruz, Belle Mon, February-8-2010, 7:56
Mr. Jerald fernandes i actually lost the count of works you did in belle and surrounding area. How could you do so much work within 4 years which was not possible to earlier politicians? Wish you great success Jai Ho.
wilson sequeira, Pamboor Mon, February-8-2010, 10:48
First you complete the road from Pamboor school to Kabyadi houseroad, why did you put the bricks long back??? Mr. Sadananda Gowda if the engineer use quality material, where the money come for your next election??
Ivan Menezes, Dubai Mon, February-8-2010, 8:28
Great Job Jerry and this was our dream. May God Bless you with great success and long political Carrier. Thank you Eugene Sir and Anil for your Daily updates. 
Marwin, Moodubelle - dubai Sun, February-7-2010, 8:27
Good Work Mr.Gerald and team, keep it up,
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