Mangaluru, Dec 17, 2015: MCC - Mangaluru City Corporation is in the midst of submitting its smart city project proposal to the Union government right now, but the pathetic condition of some of the footpaths in the city is coming to light and most roads used by citizens have no footpaths. .
Inter-lock tiles of the footpath on one side of Balmatta Road between Hotel Woodside and Hotel Roopa have sunk deeply causing danger to pedestrians. Though the tiles sunk more than a month ago, the corporation left it unattended. This busy road is also frequented by many tourists who visit the city.
The MCC councillor, court ward, stated that he had brought the problem to the notice of engineers sometime ago. But the officials are yet to address it. He blamed the bureaucracy at the corporation for not taking interest to attend to such civic issues immediately. The councillor said that he would take up the issue again with officials.
An activist of Nagarika Hita Vedike, said that the corporation had not completed the footpath works opposite to the Congress office in the busy Hampankatta and even at the busy State Bank Bus terminus. It was causing problem to many pedestrians. Footpath constructed in front of St. Agnes College at Bendore recently was uneven causing problem to senior citizens. While more important places used by citizens have no footpaths.
The interlock tiles laid on the roadside near Balmatta Circle (collectors’ gate circle) had also sunk causing trouble to both vehicles and pedestrians.
Though the corporation had proposed to construct footpaths and drains on nine concrete roads there was a need to address issues with the existing footpaths too.