Driving or Riding on NH 75 near Padil Railway Bridge is a Nightmare!
Mangaluru: Luckily I started from home bit early, if not I would have been way too late for the inauguration of “6th Gear Exclusive’ showroom near Kannur Old Check post on NH 75 (Mangaluru Bengaluru) highway. Traffic congestion near Padil Railway Bridge had resulted in traffic backup for a long stretch of the highway- imagine an ambulance getting stuck in this traffic jam taking a patient to First Neuro Hospital-Padil/Kannur or Fr Muller’s Hospital- Thumbay or those ambulances transporting patients to various hospitals in Mangaluru.
And this stretch of road near Padil Railways Bridge has been so dilapidated due to the construction work of the railway underpass nearby, which is still not completed after the work started two years ago, motorists are having hard times to travel on this treacherous road. And with heavy rains lashing the area, it is much more worse now, with potholes filled muddy water- with passing heavy vehicles splashing this dirty water on the two-wheeler riders. How ignorant these bus, truck and car drivers could be, who can’t have pity on two-wheeler riders.
Auto-rickshaw driver Ramesh speaking to Team Mangalorean said, ” I am always late these days reaching the children to their school. Even though I make it a point to start early, the situation is the same everyday with traffic snarls at this spot. The concerned authorities have turned a blind eye even though constant complaints by the residents and motorists had been made. Some of the people who take this route everyday with no other option are stuck in this traffic jam every single day, either being late to work or other appointments.”
Shanthi, a student of St Agnes College-Mangaluru waiting for the bus near Kannur said, “I get up early these days, get ready, and come and stay at this bus shelter to catch the bus at 7.30 am, even though my college hours commence at 8.30/9 am. It is indeed a nightmare to sit on the bus and get stuck in the traffic jam, with ignorant motorists blaring their horns. I wish the concerned people would repair this road soon so that there are no inconveniences caused to the commuters”.
Not just for these two persons, who spoke to Team Mangalorean, but it’s also a nightmare for many others who frequently take this highway to reach their destination, either to their work place, school/colleges, market, shopping etc. They all spend their precious time stuck in this traffic mess until they get on to the good two-lane road few meters away from the Railway bridge spot. It is learnt that the new railway underpass adjacent to this dilapidated road was supposed to be open in March 2017, but unfortunately due to certain issues remains incomplete. Until then, motorists and commuters have to bear the brunt of a traffic jam.