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Poor condition of Mangaluru roads makes life miserable

Poor condition of Mangaluru roads makes life miserable


Mangalore Today News Network

By Abhijith Kolpe

Mangaluru, Oct 29, 2016: While driver errors such as speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving are among the leading causes of automobile accidents in Mangaluru, dangerous road conditions are also a significant contributor.

Dangerous road conditions may be the result of natural causes, such as tropical rains and flooding that make driving unsafe. Dangerous conditions can also arise from the poor physical condition of a road and its surroundings.  This time around rain is rare in Mangaluru. Even a slight drizzle can throw traffic out of gear and force pedestrians to wade through sludge and sewage.


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

Hampankatta Main Road


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Lower Car Street


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Lower Car Street


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Mahaveera Circle, Pumpwell


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Pumpwell-Bendoorwell stretch


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Pumpwell-Fr Muller Hospital Road


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

at Kankanady by-pass road near Mahaveera Circle


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

Main Bus Stand, State Bank


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

Main Bus Stand, State Bank


Bad condition of Mangalore Roads

Near Main Bus Stand, State Bank


The State Bank bus terminus of Mangaluru is frequented by hundreds of people to  board buses to different places in and around Mangaluru. But the condition of the bus stand is miserable as the entire bus stand is filled with crater like potholes at entry and exit points and these  turn into sea of muck during monsoon.

One of the shop keepers in State Bank area alleged that the crater like potholes has been  in existence for over a year, but none of the officials showed their concern to repair the potholes in the bus stand. The result is that the underneath part of the low floored KSRTC buses  suffer severe damage whenever they  pass through potholes.

Home GuardsRecently two examples were set by Mangaluru traffic police when they filled pothole on the Mangaluru- Udupi stretch of the NH 66 with the help of concrete mixer, though it was the duty of NHAI officials to fill the potholes and ensure the smooth drive. In another example, enraged by the increasing potholes, traffic police women along with rickshaw drivers and a few localites were motivated to do good deeds by filling the potholes located near Bendorewell. While appreciating the social concern of these people, the apathy of NHAI officials needs to be deplored.

The depth of the potholes is considerable, and the stretch is horrible when it rains and motorists cannot even avoid the unevenness of the road.

There is good news for the people that the road that puts the moon to shame is going to be repaired and the bad news is crores of money spent for a badly damaged Pumpwell-Bendorewell stretch is barely enough for patchwork that might not survive the next spell of rain .

If you take a round in Mangaluru city you can definitely notice vanished Zebra Crosses at Hampankatta, Jyothi, Kankanady and other places. In this region it is impossible for the pedestrian to even cross the roads and drivers of private buses or the other vehicles do not show any concern towards pedestrians to allow them to cross roads. The condition of speed breakers at KS Rao Road and Hampankatta region are worse  where tar just came off from the speed breaker.

From past three months local MPs and MLAs have  inaugurated or laid foundation for several concretized roads in Mangaluru for which crores of money has been spent.  When the main road can put motorist into nightmares, interior road in Mangaluru that are dilapidated which are connected to the main road remain  unnoticed by the officials. Officials mostly prefer  concretization of roads rather than bitumenisation of roads as the maintenance cost for concretized road is heavier than Tar road.

The extension and concretization of Carstreet via Mannagudda stretch was completed just two days before Dasara Festival commenced at Kudroli. Similarly the lower Car Street road which connects to Bunder is completely damaged for half kilometer. Even the Sharavu temple road opposite Srinivas College is under poor condition. It is nightmarish for riders as well as creates traffic chaos.   

 “It has been 13 years even since I have set up my shop. This road was laid nearly nine years ago. Today the road is completely ruined  and a cloud of dust emanates whenever a vehicle passes through. Due to the heavy dust particles the health condition of the shopkeepers residing here is  badly affected. There will be no maintenance as in the name of repairing roads loads of stones will be dumped in order to patch work the dilapidated roads which might not survive for next four months or so”, says Harsha, owner of Kudla Wines, Lower Car Street.


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Comments on this Article
Francis Fernandes, Bunder Sat, October-29-2016, 5:45
Ptah work for such potholes will not last for long but will be the same in a few days , but we the public are asking for the permanent solution from this existing problem.
Bindiya Shet, Puttur Sat, October-29-2016, 5:40
MCC should be ashamed of this ? Because the movement of two Wheeler’s are risky in this path
Sunil Pai, Mnagaluru Sat, October-29-2016, 5:38
Why are the MLA silent regarding this ? They go ahead with the concrentistion but not bothered to right these?
Carol Pinto, Mangaluru Sat, October-29-2016, 5:14
Thanks to Mangalore Today for publishing the best News as this is one of the main problem faced by the people. At least after reading this will come up with the effort to repair the roads.
Adhitya N, Vamanjoor Sat, October-29-2016, 5:10
What is the MCC doing? How can ever think of Smart City? The accidents in the city is mainly because of condemn roads
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