Mangaluru, May 9, 2015 : Reviewing the many roads of Mangaluru that need attention, it is strange that the better ones are given good treament often and the bad ones are left to their fate imposing great hardship to people in various contexts.
Take the road opposite Corporation bank head office to Hoige bazar at Pandeshwar, adjourning the Forum Mall. About a month back it was closed and rapid preparations were made for it’s immediate concretisation. Everything went on at a fast pace and assurance was given that it will be done by May end. Since the last 20 days it is at a standstill causing tremendous trouble for traffic and pedestrians.
No explanation is available and the monsoons will set in soon. Heavy cement and cargo trucks from Bundar are using a constricted road between the Hoigebazar railway gate and Pandeswar causing untold disburbance and danger in the area.
Roads around Mangaladevi Temple in South Mangaluru have wide variations. While the road between St. Rita School and the temple, is in good condition it has been again given a fresh coat of bitumen, the roads adjoining the area, including the Jeppu Market Road and the Mahakalipadpu Road, continue to sport potholes and craters. The Morgan’s gate area that sees heavy traffic is a mess.
The Mahakalipadpu Road from Morgans Gate till the railway level crossing has been in a state of disarray for long. This stretch sees heavy vehicular movement as it is the main link between Mangaluru and Kerala.
Goods vehicles to and from Mangaluru Central Market, the fish harbour and other places use this road since it is shorter. Drivers complain that using Jeppu Market Road and Mahakalipadpu Road has become even more complicated and axles and shock absorbers of many vehicles get damaged. The same is the case with Bolara Road between Jeppu Market and Mulihithlu Cross. This road has got no life for long.
Bolara councillor states that a contract for asphalting the Mahakalipadpu Road at an estimated Rs. 25 lakh had just been awarded. The contractor fears the re-laid road will be damaged during rain and before his bills are cleared. So, he has decided to fill the potholes now and relay the road soon after the monsoon. So who decides?
As far as Bolara road is concerned the Councillor Rathikala said that concreting the stretch between Jeppu Market and Mulihithlu Junction would be taken up within a week. The stretch between Mulihithlu Junctin and Bolara Junction would be repaired under the MLA grants and it would take some more time, she said. The councillor pointed out that the Jeppu Market-Morgans Gate road had already been concreted and so was the Gujjarkere Road. But its state near the Circle is pathetic. She blamed funds crunch for not taking up all required road repair work.
In the North Mangaluru :
Craters and potholes on the service road between Kottara Chowki and Kodical Cross have not been attended to for two months now and have made life miserable for travellers.
A retired public sector employee at Kodical said that he did not expect the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) perceived as a professional department leaving the road unattended. Craters are mainly responsible for traffic jams and accidents especially during peak traffic at the Kodical Cross. If they did not repair the road now when will they do it as monsoon will hit soon.
When rain water accumulated on the service road, drivers failed to make an assessment of the depth of the craters resulting in many two-wheelers falling down. Project Director, NHAI, Mangaluru Office, said that NHAI would repair the road soon. Now potholes on the national highways between Surathkal and B.C. Road were being filled up. The urgent need is for proper planning by the MCC.
Courtesy: The Hindu