Mangalore, April 18: Having faced bitter experience due to frequent traffic snarls caused by waterlogging during monsoon last year, the residents of Malemar have demanded Mangalore City Corporation authorities to repair the damaged roads before the onset of the rains this time.
In a protest held here in the city on Monday, April 18, the residents said that “We all know what had happened last monsoon. The roads leading to City from Malemar were full of potholes after a brief spell of rain. Driving had become nightmare and we don’t want to take chance this time. We have asked MCC officials to repair the roads in a manner that it shouldn’t get damaged in rain.
They said the City Corporation, which has shown immense enthusiasm in concreting the main roads of the city, has neglected the interior roads. The road turns into a virtual paddy field whenever rain pours heavily. The residents, who use this road, lost their road connectivity with the city and were forced to stay indoors and spend their valuable time doing nothing, as no vehicles could move on this road. Some of the residents, who are having their own two wheelers said that they slipped and suffered injuries while trying to negotiate this wretched road.
The residents said that ‘they had urged their corporator to get the road asphalted during the summer season itself. But the negligence on the part of the contractors and MCC to take timely action will definitely make them to suffer in the rainy season, they added.
They held the Corporation responsible for not looking beyond the main roads and doing nothing to improve the roads around which the residents of different localities live.
The reason for this problem is not far to see. Storm water drains do not exist on Malemar road. The storm drain is essential to this area as the low-lying area gets water from Kottara, Kodikkal areas, protesters said.
The protesters later handed over a memorandum to MCC officials.