Death Trap! Caution : Walk At Your Own Risk….

Death Trap! Caution : Walk At Your Own Risk on the stretch of road in front of Kadri Kambla Field

Mangaluru: Pavements or death-traps? Speaking of those woefully-neglected walk-ways, the brave pedestrian will notice that most of Mangaluru’s pavements essentially present at least one of five potentially life-threatening hazards: “Fault-line”, where granite slabs are so haphazard and unstable, they look like the residue of a major seismic movement. “Trap-door”, where a stable-looking stone-slab caves into the underlying drain, taking the unfortunate pedestrian with it. “Rope-line”, which is a skinny strip of pavement where one has to walk in single-file while doing an almost literal tightrope. “Fill-in-the-Blanks”, where the pedestrian has to hop across missing or sunk slabs along the sidewalk; or “Line of Control”, which is the white-line on the edge of an asphalted road, insufficiently demarcating a crucial border, and thus not adequately pre-empting dangerous incursions.

image001kadri-kambla-road-020160510-001

image002kadri-kambla-road-020160510-002

But here in this report you will notice through the pictures how dangerous it is for pedestrians to walk on this stretch of road right in front of the once famous Kadri Kambla field. The workers have dug the sides of the road for installing underground drainage and footpath, but left it unattended without erecting safety barricades. There are chances when two heavy vehicles each on opposite direction, pass on this road, the pedestrian could be knocked down into the dip pit and may injured seriously or it could be a fatality due to the water collected in the pit. How careless could our city officials be by not having proper safety barricades along the sides of this construction site. Especially at night when this street has poor lighting, chances are someone may land up into this deep ditch.

image003kadri-kambla-road-020160510-003 image004kadri-kambla-road-020160510-004 image005kadri-kambla-road-020160510-005

As an ardent walker myself, where I take this stretch of this Kadri Kambla Road for my daily morning walk, I’m sincerely hoping my city’s roads will take me home… and not, to the mortuary, or the hospital. It is not only me complaining about this unsafe stretch of road, there are quite a few other morning walkers and other pedestrians who have raised their concerns about the safety, walking along the side of this road. Janet speaking to Mangalorean.com said, ” I am glad that you are highlighting this issue. Since this is my only way to my home I feel so scared to walk by this field. Look at it, it is so dangerous, if someone falls accidentally they will be injured or die. Why is our MCC so negligent when it comes to safety of citizens. Where is all our tax money going-we need safe footpaths and safe roads”. Is anyone in the MCC department listening or just listening and ignoring it, and then take action when someone gets injured or a fatality.

image006kadri-kambla-road-020160510-006

image007kadri-kambla-road-020160510-007

Mangaluru can lead the way in attaining this developing nation’s very critical goal – to set our vehicles and pedestrians on the right path. We are at the crossroads. Now we just have to give our walkers the safety right of way. All I could say is that the pedestrians will reach home safe only, if they are alert and extra cautious. Equally unsafe are people walking on the footpath, as at every 100 Mtrs, one can come across uncovered drains,uneven or broken concrete slabs. A slight distraction can cause a youngster or a senior citizen off balance and get himself injured. Whether we are driving a car or scooter, we all need extra traffic sense and patience to respect the pedestrian crossing or walking on the road, coupled with some innovative thinking by traffic authorities. As to the damaged foot path, why the so called concrete slabs don’t last long. The answer is simple, the poor quality of the material. Who do we blame? And regarding this unsafe walking zone in front of Kadri Kambla field, MCC officials need to take action quickly before someone gets hurt.

7 Comments

  1. What exactly is the role of local MLA in addressing these death traps in open ? Or, his role is not applicable because he doesn’t belong to BJP? I’m trying to understand the double standards of ‘smaaart’ people!!

  2. THANK God this didn’t HAPPEN in the USA. Else, people would have blamed the blacks, Hispanics, Mexicans, Arabs etc. and made the Pope responsible for it. Right, you Yumreeki Warbler, Rampaaaaaaa? 🙂

    More such jokes, plz.

  3. Blaming Blacks, Hispanic,arabs and Pope for bad infrastructure ? This shows how joker Praveena Pinto has no knowledge of doddanna even though he tried to get visa 20 yrs ago. I cringe when I see the level of ignorance this guy proudly displays on a regular basis!!!!

    • Blaming Blacks, Hispanics, Arabs and (the) Pope for bad infra (some spaces) and a ‘?’ – Namma Kudlada Rampe

      Ref: “thank (imaimaginery) (sic) God, this took place in a Sanathaaanaaaa Temple.. blah blah….had it been a church, the habitual troublemakers … lah dee dah.. dah dee lah” – Joke submitted by Yumreeki Rampa on theft of 3.5 lakhs from Ishwarmangala temple

      JUST look at the “had” and your silly twatty assumptions! What a ‘cringeworthy’ chap! Silly fella fled from India to.. hang on.. hang on.. Yumreeka….coz he was starving in India….;; looks like EVEN his Go’s didnt have enough grass/hay to chomp on, let alone chew-the-cud! And never mind the fact that it is a country of my alleged ‘Western masters’!

      Good one, ya, Rampa. 🙂

      Say, did Buffalo Bill(a) approve your decennial leave – for a week? Wanna meet up?

      We could rope in Dronu Sugam and have some lassi-majjige while you regale me with your US ‘Sajjige-Bajeel’ Yumreeki stories. We could discuss the F-16 sale to a terrorist nation, your low-on-morale navy Seals, NATO, your cat’s neighbors ‘PETO’, your ageing Mridangam (cowhide, of course!), your beloved Saaaamskruutam, Go-mutram, and whatever you like – such as visiting your Murudu statues.

      We CURE your hallucinations too – about my allegedly ‘rejected’ Yumreeki visa. Daane panpar dhanikle? Raje thikkunda? Billa korpena, ireg? Aanda.. ninna pettha-kanji yaer thooper, Mr. Proj Mgr at 28?

    • Yumreeki Warbler – RampaNNA,

      I couldn’t find a suitable heading for this topic such as your fav. ‘Sajjige-bajeel’! Hence, this will have to make-do for an illiterate like you.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3582640/Open-sewers-mildewed-walls-one-toilet-FORTY-people-Shocking-pictures-dirty-dormitories-Apple-s-iPhone-workers-live-like-animals.html

      So, Mr. Yumreeki Warbler, is the Saudi’s who are manufacturing iPhones? Well, from the past year you have been literally begging us to read your life experiences which somebody ghost-wrote for you. ‘Aadu Jeevitham’ is what you called it.

      “Yumreeka gave us scientists, philosophers, jokers, actors, politicians, reformers, great presidents, tooth-paste, burgers, french-fries, coke, jokes…” and so on and so forth went on our Yumreeki Warbler some 15 days back.

      And I tell our Warbler – HOW MANY BACKS DID YOUR WESTERN MASTERS break to achieve it -n IN THIS TIME AND AGE? And THE joker talks about Saudi! Jeez! What an illiterate chump! No wonder that Buffalo Billa keeps whacking him on his boilerplate skull! 🙂 And just forget about those poor blacks and Chinese who died planting your cotton and building railroads and whatnot!

  4. Mangalore has many such roads. Prof Narendra Nayak used to write articles with photos in the 80’s. Honda gurutisuva spardhe was one of them. It will take decades to change the mind set ‘ kuch bhi chalta hai’. Actually read it as centuries.

  5. People deserve their government. Hartal and strikes should be done for this cause. Intolerance should be for these civic amnities and not against sanskrathi. There is no use in pointing fingers at BJP or Congress when people do not feel anything wrong with these death traps. If they did then things would have been different. My frank opinion is that people are divided based on their religious affiliation, caste language etc . They have other important issues and causes to tackle.
    We Mangaloreans and Indians in general like the dust I guess. You see lots of dirt and dust being piled up and blowing dust due to wind and vehicles- I think people love it ! We are all mannina makkalu.

Leave a Reply