Mangaluru, June 10, 2015: Several residents at B.C. Road staged a protest on June 9, Tuesday demanding repair of the service road below the flyover in the town. Another group of residents in Shakthinagar in the city carried out a protest on June 8, Monday over the deteriorating condition of interior roads in Cordel and Neeti Nagar in Padavu Central Ward.
Heavy rain lashing Dakshina Kannada gave rise to concerns are being expressed over the deteriorating condition of roads which are already in generally bad condition.
Democratic Youth Federation of India activists will stage a protest on June 10, Wednesday over the bad condition of Kana Road on the outskirts of the city. The protest at the B.C. Road junction was called by Bantwal Taluk Samajika Nyayapara Horata Samiti. They were seeing urgent repair of the service road that had filled with potholes.
The samiti’s Secretary Prabhakar Daivagudde said a portion of the service road below the B.C. Road flyover had not been repaired despite memorandums for the last three months. The condition of the 500 m stretch of the service road between the B.C. Road Junction and Malaika Super Store had turned worse. Mr. Daivagudde, who is also a taxi operator, said the problem was more for two-wheeler riders and car operators. The district administration has not bothered to take the initiative to get the service road repaired. He also blamed public representatives including District in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel for the poor condition. Following a snap protest on the service road, the Samiti decided to hold a meeting on June 16 with a wider group of residents and intensify their protest
Residents of Cordel and Neetinagar joined Communist Party of India (Marxist) party activists in carrying out protest on Monday demanding repair of cross roads and interior roads in their areas.
In a statement, the CPI (M) Mangaluru City South Secretary Sunil Kumar Bajal said no repair work has been carried out on these roads in Padavu Central WardPublic representatives have been giving assurances to residents about the repair but not taking any concrete steps.
Heavy rain in the area over the last few days has aggravated problem for residents. If the city administration fails to carry out repairs, they will be forced to protest outside the houses of local councillors and elected representatives it was said.