Report by Michael Rodrigues
Team Mangalorean Udupi
Pics by Anil
Udupi: St Lawrence church in Belle, short
for Moodubelle, is a religious centre for visiting Catholic devotees from
far and near to pay respect to their most-trusted saint there.
In a novel manner, the gram, taluk and zilla panchayats may as well hold kind
of a sport in front of St Lawrence church, for drivers to drive past without
splashing mire or mud at anyone's body or face or soiling the clothes of
This may sound like a joke. But it is true that during rainy days, the
visiting devotees have their clothes splashed with muddy water as the vehicles
zoom past. The front part of the church is a meeting point for many roads like
Udupi-Moodubelle ; Karkala road ; Moodubelle-Pernankila-Hiriyadka Road and a few
inners lane and roads leading the parishioners to the church.
buses ply every day there, besides trucks transporting sand, boulders, granite
stones etc plying around the area around. There being no proper
drainage system. Roads get clogged with ankle-deep water, making the movement of
the devotees or even others quite miserably uncomfortable.
The Moodubelle panchayath itself is the perpetrator of such an unbearable
sight that has been created here. This has been brought to its notice and
all the reqeusts have gone unheeded. Within a distance of 100
to 200 metres, there is the gram panchayat office, and places of stay of gram,
taluk and zilla panchayat members, who keep watching this pitiable sight every
day. The panchayat collects cess tax from the shop-owners and citizens, but they
take no measures to find a solution to problems harassing the public on this
Of late, a few youths took an initiative for clearing up the drainage. under
the leadership of Henry Alva, a social activist. Zilla panchayat member
Ida Gibba D'Souza, gram panchayat president Jacintha Aranha and gram panchayat
officer Hithalamani appeared on the scene of action.
The question now is, will at least now some solution or action plan be set
rolling? The public are eagerly waiting for something to happen in the near