Ullal, Mar 29 2015: NH-66 between Pumpwell and Ambika Road near Thokkottu was plagued by a harrowing time all through the day following work on the Ullal bridge. Major jams emerged for vehicle movement on the highway. Former union minister Subramanian Swamy, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and MLA Mohiuddin Bava were also caught in the traffic chaos here.
Swamy was travelling to Kondevoor in Uppala when he was caught in the traffic jam. As he had a Z plus security cover, the commandoes eased the traffic congestion and facilitated the movement of vehicles. On the other hand, the MP and MLA were caught for more than an hour.
Be it on the road works, increase in the number of vehicles, poor traffic management by the police or violation of traffic rules by vehicle users, the travellers on the stretch curse the authorities daily. With the commencement of the repair work on old bridge across river Netravathi, the traffic congestion has increased. Along with the work on the old bridge, the work on roads at Jeppinamogaru and Kallapu has also worsened the situation. Traffic jams continued for several hours since March 28, morning and continued till late night. A destination which may be reached in 30 minutes took more than two to three hours due to the traffic jams.
Two-wheeler riders entering the road chaotically aggravated the situation. Vehicles were seen stranded for a long stretch between Thokkottu and Ambika Road and till Jeppinamogaru. Though police personnel from Mangalore rural police station and Morgan’s Gate tried their level best to ease the traffic congestion, they failed in their efforts. The railway and air passengers had a tough time in reaching railway stations and Airport.
Meanwhile, NHAI Contractor said that as the work on old bridge across river Netravathi is in progress, the vehicle users should extend their cooperation. "Traffic jams can be avoided if all drivers adhere to traffic rules. The work will be completed within a few days." Hopefully the situation will get better from worse.