Mangaluru, Mar 9, 2015 : The Nanthoor Junction, which has seen five people die in road accidents recently and the spot for many road accidents, remains the same even after DK DC Adoor.B. Ibrahim visited it a week ago to provide a solution to end the accidents. Many persons have been injured in accidents at the junction and it is a death trap for citizens and officials alike.
DC Ibrahim visited the spot along with officials from the National Highways Authority of India, the City Traffic Police, MCC and residents on March 2. Officials from the NHAI assured to extend a portion of the road connecting the junction asphalt and provide more space for motorists. Assurance was also given to shift a bus stop near the junction.
Except for trimming the medians, there has been no change at the junction. Motorists have been saying that the junction had been constructed unscientifically resulting in traffic jams and accidents. After three persons were killed in an accident on February 27, people had resorted to snap stir demanding reconstruction of the junction.
As promised, the widening of a portion of the road to enable vehicles from Udupi side to take a free left towards Maroli and Bikarnakatte has not been executed. The widened stretch of road from Kadri near the Nanthoor Junction bus stop is yet to be asphalted.
A leader of a group of residents fighting to make the junction safe for motorists, alleged that there is lack of seriousness among officials in addressing the problem. The citizens fear being knocked down by buses and heavy vehicles without warning. Officials are yet to put in place measures like having speed-breakers to control the speed of vehicles on the National Highway. Assistant Commissioner of Police Uday Naik said that a temple festival had delayed moving ahead with the work. The authority would resume the work today Mach 9.