Floating bridge at Panambur beach inaugurated by Karnataka Assembly Speaker

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Mangaluru: A new floating bridge at Panambur beach was inaugurated by Karnataka Assembly Speaker U.T. Khader on Thursday. The bridge, which is 100 metres long and 1.5 metres wide, is the first of its kind in the state and aims to provide a safe and scenic experience for the visitors.

A joint initiative by Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project and Karnataka Tourism

The floating bridge was constructed by the Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project (PBTDP) in association with the Karnataka Tourism Department. The project cost was around Rs 1.5 crore and was funded by the state government. The bridge is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material and can withstand a load of up to 40 tonnes. It is anchored to the shore by steel cables and has railings on both sides for safety.

The bridge will be open to the public from Friday and will operate from 9 am to 6 pm. The entry fee is Rs 50 per person and Rs 25 for children below 12 years. The bridge can accommodate up to 100 people at a time and has a life span of 25 years.

A new attraction for tourists and locals

The floating bridge is expected to attract more tourists and locals to the Panambur beach, which is one of the most popular and well-maintained beaches in the region. The bridge offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding landscape. It also provides an opportunity for adventure activities such as kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing.

Floating bridge at Panambur beach

The PBTDP has also installed LED lights on the bridge to enhance its beauty at night. The bridge will also host cultural events and festivals during weekends and holidays.

A boost for the coastal economy and environment

The floating bridge is not only a recreational facility but also a boost for the coastal economy and environment. The bridge will generate employment for the local people and increase the revenue for the PBTDP and the state tourism department. The bridge will also promote eco-friendly tourism and awareness among the visitors about the importance of preserving the marine ecosystem.

The PBTDP has taken several measures to ensure the environmental sustainability of the bridge. The bridge is designed to have minimal impact on the water flow and the marine life. The bridge is also equipped with solar panels to generate electricity and reduce carbon footprint. The PBTDP has also planted mangroves and coconut trees along the shore to prevent soil erosion and enhance the green cover.

A commendable achievement by the PBTDP and the state government

The floating bridge at Panambur beach is a commendable achievement by the PBTDP and the state government. It is a result of their vision and commitment to develop the coastal tourism and infrastructure in the state. The bridge is a testimony to the potential and innovation of the coastal people and their contribution to the state’s progress.

The inauguration of the bridge was attended by several dignitaries and officials, including Mangaluru MLA U.T. Khader, Mangaluru City Corporation Commissioner Akshy Sridhar, PBTDP Managing Director Yathish Baikampady, Karnataka Tourism Director K. Shyam Sundar, and Panambur Beach Development Committee President Harikrishna Bantwal.

The bridge was welcomed and appreciated by the public and the media, who hailed it as a landmark and a pride of the coastal region.

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