Mangaluru, Oct 12, 2015 : Users of Mangaluru Junction Railway Station travelling from the main road branching out of Padil-Bajal Road have no choice but to find a way through slush and muddy pools due to the incomplete road under-bridge (RuB) on Padil-Bajal Road.
Entry to the approach road to the station had been cut off, forcing the authorities to open an alternative entry. During the rains after every unexpected shower of rain, the stretch turns into a marsh land.
This approach road is the only connecting route to the station from Mangaluru-Bengaluru National Highway (NH 66) though there exists another winding and narrow road from Garodi. The Garodi road is capable of accommodating only small vehicles. Because of the slush-filled main road, vehicles have been taking the narrow road thereby creating traffic jams, said commuters who regularly uses Mangaluru Junction Railway Station for travelling.
A person seen walking by the side of slush pool with caution complained that there could not be a scenario worse for travellers. Even autorickshaw drivers have stopped using the route, an autorickshaw driver, who regularly operates to the station said only bigger vehicles like mini-buses and buses can use the route, while cars are forced take the alternative narrow and steep road.
Railway officials however blamed the mess and ongoing work on the RuB, incomplete due to the delay by the MCC -Mangaluru City Corporation in acquiring lands for the approach roads. Had the RuB become operational, the approach road could have been restored, sources said. The marshy land would be cleared with some temporary arrangement it is said.