Mangaluru, Nov 30, 2017: The sick and staff of a hospital in Kankanady are forced to silently breathe dust from the past six months and businesses on the old Kankanady Old Bypass Roadare suffering due to the delay in the construction of the underground drainage work(UGD).
Complaints have come in from many quarters that dust from the road in a state of disrepair, keeps flying into the hospital premises affecting the staff and patients in one portion of the hospital. It is a visibly pathetic situation.
An elderly lady whose house is located on the road, said her health has further deteriorated because of the dust that seeps into her house. Her son, who has been running a wheels and accessories business since 22 years along the side of the road, said his business has reduced by at least 50% ever since the already deteriorated road worsened, sometime towards the end of May. "Mine is a business that deals with beautifying vehicles. Hence, vehicles invariably need to be parked in front of my shop. Because of the bad condition of roads even my regular customers have searched for alternative options. Never in 22 years of setting up my business here have I experienced such a low," he said.
A bakery on the same stretch, which has been used as the landmark to describe the road since several years, too, has been running on thin ice. A worker who looks after the outlet, said customers had been telling him they were choosing other bakeries over his store as they did not wish to get caught in the traffic gridlock on the road. The stretch hosts a series of businesses on one side of this pothole-filled road. Vehicles keep visiting these firms and other commuters try to avoid the potholes, thus causing blockade.
A fruit seller and a petty shop here, said business has declined by at least 60% since June. He said though the local corporator had promised concretisation of the road, no noticeable work had been undertake so far. He said the drainage pipe breaking and the water flowing down the road towards his stall was a common sight. This further hampered his business prospects.
Responding to the queries, Corporator Asha D’Silva said concretisation of the road will be undertaken as soon as the UGD work completed. "Machineries have arrived a week ago. I was just awaiting the order of the Police Commissioner to close the road. I have received it now and will begin work," she said.
The circular issued by the Police Commissioner on the closure of road for undertaking the work mentions that the road will be closed from November 15 to December 14. However, the pothole, dusty road is still open to public.
This road runs parallel to the two-way road connecting the Pumpwell Circle to Karavali Circle. If well maintained, it can serve as a good alternative and a shortcut for vehicles plying from Kerala and Padil to State Bank instead of the Pumpwell-Bendorewell road that is currently in use.