Girish Bharadwaj, is elated on being conferred with Padma Shri for distinguished service.”I’m overjoyed. The credit should go to my entire team. This will inspire us to go forward in service of connecting villages,” said Bharadwaj Sixty-six-year old Bharadwaj has already achieved a milestone by building a hundred bridges and is into building 135 metres long bridge number 128 at Dongri, Ankola taluk of Uttara Kannada.
His 127th bridge was at Kuppepadavu in Mangaluru taluk.His 100th bridge was built at Mandekolu, Sullia near chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda’s house. “It was sheer coincidence that I completed the bridge when he became the CM and I was fortunate enough to see it being inaugurated during his first visit to the district as CM,” said the sardar of bridges referred to as Vishwesharaya of Sullia by the villagers who have benefited from his technology.