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#connectustomangalore: Coastal youth in B'luru take to Twitter seeking connectivity

Mangaluru: A Twitter campaign, #connectustomangalore seeking restoration of road connectivity between Bengaluru to Mangaluru has been gaining momentum on the social media, with several Twiterratis coming out in support for the same.

The campaign, started by financial analyst Gopal Pai Maani aims to draw the attention of the authorities to the prevailing condition in which people have no affordable mode of transport and the airlines have seized the opportunity to charge exorbitant fares. The authorities concerned have been urged to provide at least one passage for buses for the travel of the public. A mass campaign will be started on August 24 in this regards.

Following the landslides in the Shiradi and the Sampaje Ghats, and their subsequent closure movement of buses between Bengaluru and Mangaluru has been severely hit. This has affected a lot of people, who belong to the coastal region and are working in the state capital. People who earlier used to visit their homes at least on weekends are now unable to do so as the airfares are way to high for them.

Besides Pai, the campaign is being led by Vijesh Shenoy, Nitin Bhandary, Siddarth Pai and others. A WhatsApp group comprising of nearly 75 members has been formed towards this end.

Speaking to a prominent daily, Mr. Pai says that the campaign only wants to convey across the hardships of the common man to the Union Ministers and others concerned and that they are aware that the authorities are putting in all efforts to restore the connectivity at the earliest. On Shiradi Ghat, he adds that the ghat often remains closed for traffic for repair works. 

Well, all we can hope is that the campaign does catch the attention of our ministers, most of whom are active on social media and the connectivity is soon restored.

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