Caution! Watch Out for Death Spots on the newly opened Kadri-Nanthoor Road
Mangaluru: While Mangaluru is on the verge of becoming a “Smart City”, but it looks like there are not many “Smart” officials at the Mangaluru City Corporation who are not doing the city development work the right way-for example constructing new roads without a footpath/drainage- that’s absolutely not a “Smart” idea. Imagine constructing new roads and finishing them without any proper drainage or footpaths, and also leaving it incomplete with deep open pits at the sides of the road . It has happened in the past, and it has happened again with the incomplete Kadri-Nathoor Road which was open for motorists/public couple of days ago.Only if the concerned authorities or contractors in the past had used their common sense to build footpaths/drainage during the road construction work in the beginning itself-there would have been no need of breaking the roads now to make way for footpaths/drainage.
Few days ago Minister Ramanath Rai along with MLAs and corporators inaugurated the new stretch of road and spoke good things about it-but he never mentioned anything about the safety hazards that this road is posing for the motorists and pedestrians. If you travel on this road from Kadri side towards Nanthoor, you will notice quite a few deep ditches on the side of the road, similarly there are a couple of them while coming down from Nanthoor to Kadri on this road. These ditches are not only dangerous for motorists but also for pedestrians taking this stretch, because of no footpaths. Chances are that vehicles may fall into this ditches and land deep below resulting in damages to the vehicle, and severe injuries or death to the commuters. Not only that at many spots mud, rocks, other debris dug out have been piled up on the road side causing inconvenience to the motorists and pedestrians.
It’s a pathetic scene out there, and one should be ashamed that a growing city like Mangaluru has to be in that kind of situation. Seems like it is in a state where nobody is taking responsibility and being held accountable with the result that having decent footpaths is of least importance. While pedestrians have been demanding even and continuous footpaths at least along main roads, nobody in the MCC have addressed these issues. It is sad to note that Major roads have not been cared to make pedestrian-friendly footpaths on the roadside. The prime importance on roads is for pedestrians but sadly in our culture, that is missing. Many of the streets have been mauled. The gradient of footpaths should facilitate easy and comfortable walking for the elderly and handicapped, but sadly our footpaths are broken at several points and never help the pedestrians, and many pedestrians are getting hurt due to dilapidated footpaths. This shows that the PWD/MCC has shown utter callousness in constructing a perfect footpath.
Footpaths/drainage and complete work should be done right in the beginning, and not later in the months, where you have to did the sides again to construct footpaths etc, thereby ruin the new road. The vision of the road project is long-term and aims to avoid repeated digging up of roads by different civic agencies. The hope is that the roads will not be dug up again for years as different agencies are meant to be coordinating to finish the laying of pipes and cables that are needed during the during this project. While it is testing the patience of commuters, the project does have its supporters. There should be a new design of roads which are called integrated roads…well-designed footpaths for pedestrians. But there are the delays in the project due to the “contractors not doing an optimal job” as also the lack of “close synchronization in terms of various agencies in the government.
Pro-Cyclist Dony Menezes along with other cyclists of Mangalore Bicycle Club complaining about this road said, “Riding on this road during early morning or evening after dark is very dangerous. Without proper lighting on this road one could land up in the deep ditches around the sides of this road. For cyclists and even pedestrians this road seems to be dangerous, because without any barricades you may fall into these ditches when heavy vehicles ply close to the side of the road. Seems like our city officials don’t care for the safety of the cyclists nor pedestrians, they only care for the motorists. We are glad that Team Mangalorean, the only non-bias website highlights such kind of issues for the safety and benefit of the citizens”.
In conclusion, It’s always advisable to build footpaths simultaneously when the road work is done and completed. Let’s have footpaths, with no more road digging, just like foreign countries. Let’s have safe roads with footpaths for people to walk safe on the road. Let’s have roads without any ditches or gorges so that motorists or pedestrians may not lose their limbs or arms. Authorities claim that the city will soon have world-class roads but citizens can’t help wishing that they don’t have to suffer moving on these hazardous roads.