Ankudru Vented Dam Nearing Completion

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Report and Pictures by Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 13 May 2010: The work on the Ankudru Vented Dam that had started in the month of March 2010 is going on briskly and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2010 which would be a great boon to the people of Moodubelle, Kattingeri, Pamboor, Mattar and even Shirva as the dam would provide irrigation and drinking water facilities to the people of these villages and facilitate the communication between Moodubelle and Padubelle.

The foundation stone for the Ankudru Vented Dam was laid on 6th February 2010 and the work on blocking the water in order to prepare the site for the dam was started during the first week of March 2010. The site for the dam was inspected by the Superintendent Engineer of Mysore Circle, Mr. Ranganathan on 26th March 2010. Concrete work of the dam commenced from 29th March 2010.

Due to the continuous work undertaken by the contractor of the project, Mr. Vijayanand Shetty, 12 pillars out of 16 have already been erected. The remaining four pillars will be completed within the next four days, one pillar on each day. Due to the death of a labourer working on the project due to drowning in the last month, the work was delayed for few days. However, presently the work is proceeding on laid out plan.

According to Mr. Gerald Fernandes, member of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat and one of the chief promoters of the project, the height of each of the pillars has been increased from the proposed 2.5 meters to 3.5 meters. This project costing around 81 lakhs of rupees will provide irrigation and drinking water to an area covering around 2,500 acres. While other vented dams are chiefly meant for water conservation, the Ankudru Vented Dam is being built as a multi-purpose dam conserving not only water but also providing transport facility to smaller vehicles such as rickshaws, cars and tempos across the river. The top surface of the dam will be 9 feet wide that would facilitate the movement of vehicles.

According to Mr. Vijayanand Shetty, the contractor of the project, the Minor Irrigation Department has stipulated March 2011 as the period by which the Ankudru Vented Dam has to be completed. However, Mr. Vijayanand says that by the end of May 2010, the project would be complete, nearly ten months in advance of the period stipulated by the Minor Irrigation Department.  Mr. Gerald Fernandes says that there is a possibility of inaugurating the Ankudru Vented Dam by the end of May 2010.


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Richard noronha, belle Fri, May-14-2010, 1:45
Thanks to Mr.Jerald Fernandes because of you Belle and surrounding people can cross-over river. We are curious to watch how big bridge they will provide for you to walk in your political career.
Anil James, Belle/Doha Fri, May-14-2010, 7:05
Very much Thanks to Mr jerry initative for this vented dam and excution,nice to see the progress of work.we hope in time completion and useful for the localpeople,at least you have think and proved about the surrounding problems.We appreciate for your good work and developements done under you,we wishing you a good political career.
Peter Saldanha, Kabyadi, Pamboor / USA Thu, May-13-2010, 1:35
Good work. Keep it up. Thank you Jerry and V. Shetty for all your efforts. Having transport facility across the dam is quite impressive. I would encourage you to take more and more such projects in our region to help our folks and to improve their livelihood. Cheers.
K.N. Lobo, Mangalore Thu, May-13-2010, 6:07
Wonderful!! Congratulations to Gerry for his committement and foresight! May God give enough strenth and grant plentiful opportunities to do many more socially relevant projects!! Belle has witnessed many useful developmental projects under you!!
Victor DSouza, Moodubelle / Doha Thu, May-13-2010, 3:25
Very good progress of work. Looks like it will get completed in time as planned. The successful efforts of the Contractor and Mr. Jerald Fernandes are to be appreciated. The increase in the height is wise thinking considering the flood in that area. Thanks to Dr. Eugene for the frequent update.
Francis Noronha, Mumbai/ Moodublle Thu, May-13-2010, 1:26
Fisrt of all million thanks to Mr. Jerry for taking so much initiate for the success of this project. It will be a boon to to all villagers who lives both side of this river during monsoon and as well as other seasons. Hope the contractor maintained good quality of workmanship and standard methods of construction. The failure of the vented dams which were constructed in recent past raised doubt in people s mind about the success of the same. I request contractor to maintain the standard of construction and make sure the success of the project so that tax payers money is utilized properly. As the monsoon season is approaching the contractor need to speed up the work in both day and night shifts for the timely completion of the decking slabs and approach roads. Requesting Mr. Jerry to take lead in completing other projects which are in pipeline during his tenure for the benefits of villagers.
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