Mangaluru, May 30, 2016: It is past one month since an uneven road stretch, half concrete and half tar, at the entrance of Pumpwell Junction on Pumpwell-Padil Road, was opened for traffic, now hopefully the MCC, Mangaluru City Corporation is making an effort to upgrade the asphalt stretch as a concrete road.
The busy Pumpwell-Padil Road had remained with two levels side by side, after the MCC upgraded a 150-metre stretch from Pumpwell towards Padil as a concrete road. With the elevated concrete road on one side and the tar road downwards on the other, the work has exposed the bad planning of the MCC engineers and its leaders.
MCC commissioner H.N. Gopalakrishna, told media that Mayor Harinath has given approval to concretise the remaining stretch at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.35 crore. The mayor has given approval to the proposed project in advance, expecting the approval of the council. Later, it was approved by the District in-charge Minister as well.
It will now be sent to the government. Commissioner Gopalakrishna said that the cost of the project would be borne from the Chief Minister’s special grant to the corporation. Once the government approves the proposal, bids will be invited to take up the project. Hopefully it will be complete the project by December 2016.
Once the project is completed, the Pumpwell-Padil Road at the start of the Pumpwell Junction will be wide, which will bring down traffic congestion. The MCC which had removed a bus shelter while upgrading half the stretch, has not built a new one. As a result, people waiting for buses heading towards Bengaluru, B.C. Road and Padil are being forced to wait at the mercy of the extreme heat and now the SW monsoon too.
Shocking that the MCC has opened the stretch without building kerbs on the edge of the new concrete road.
G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samithi, Mangaluru, said with monsoon set to arrive in a few days, people would be forced to wait for buses in rain too, apart from the high danger of confused traffic sysytem. Corporator Lancelot Pinto, chairman, Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement, said a temporary shelter would be built there shortly.