Mangalore, June 1, 2011: Interlock blocks were hurriedly laid at the circle opposite St. Theresa School in Bendoor since Prathibha Padil was arriving at Mangalore for a one-day visit. Unfortunately, interlock blocks are smooth, and if any oil or water spills over them, vehicles can easily skid over. Several two-wheelers have already skidded at this spot and the riders have been severely injured.
This morning, a minor accident, which might have developed into a major accident, occurred at around 6:30. A Ballal Volvo bus, which had come all the way from Bangalore, was on its way to Hampankatta to drop 8 passengers. The other passengers had all alighted at various stops from Padil to Kadri.
While taking the curve at Upper Bendur Road, the bus skid because the surface was smooth as it had rained at night. The bus ended up in a water drain at the corner and damaged a private compound wall. Fortunately, nobody was injured. A major accident was averted as there were no passers by or vehicles in the vicinity because of the early hour.
An eyewitness said that the rain had caused the compound wall to collapse. A blocked drain had led to water logging of the compound. The estimated loss to the owner is around Rs. 30 thousands to Rs. 40 thousand.
A number of two wheelers skid at this curve since the interlocks are meant for industrial purposes only. Corporator Naveen D’Souza, who arrived at the spot, provided traffic management guidance and assisted in the retrieval of the bus. He said that he will get speed breakers installed as soon as possible.