Within 48 hours of the report “Death Trap! Open Manholes Pose Threat to Lives”, where manholes during construction were left open posing a threat to lives, near Mount Carmel Central School-Mary Hill vicinity, being published in our website, MCC rectified the issue by closing the manholes. Lives Saved!
Mangaluru: In the past, many reports pertaining to civic issues like bad roads, huge potholes, broken footpaths, dilapidated public toilets, non-working traffic lights, etc. etc., highlighted through our website has earned quite good results, with the concerned authorities rectifying those issues within hours or days. No doubt, media has an effect to fix solutions/issues which are unattended or neglected by the government, district or city administration officials when it comes to the safety of the people. Here is yet another effect of media power.
Couple of days ago, when Team Mangalorean noticed a safety hazard issue, we took no time in highlighting it through our portal. The hazardous issue was about a few manholes that were being newly constructed on the road near to Mount Carmel Central School-Mary Hill, Mangaluru, which were left open posing a danger to pedestrians and also motorists. These open manholes were left without any barricades or warning signs posing a threat to lives. Also with a MCCS children’s play area very close to these manholes, there were chances that some kid may fall into one of these manholes while running or walking around that area. How careless could MCC and the contractor, who are at the helm of the construction of manholes, be to leave them open?
We received good news from Sr Melissa AC, Principal of Mount Carmel Central School, saying that the manholes have been covered, thereby preventing anyone from falling into these pits. Sr Melissa said, “I would like to thank Mangalorean.com for highlighting this safety issue in regard to the safety of our school children who walk on that road. I would also like to thank the people from the MCC who took quick action in rectifying the problem. But I would really appreciate it if the concerned authorities of this project also clear the mud/rocks that are also hazardous. Another safety issue that I want to bring to the notice of MCC is that of the flooded rain water getting stranded at the beginning of the road which causes a lot of inconvenience for school children to cross the road, and also for the parents who bring their kids on two-wheelers. This road is also full of potholes, and when these potholes are filled with rain water, vehicles traveling on them splash the muddy water on school children walking on that stretch of road. This entire road is in a pathetic condition, which needs to be repaired at the earliest. Hoping these safety issues will be rectified soon. Thanks once again, Team Mangalorean and Team MCC!”
Having well said by Sr Melissa AC about the road, I decided to take a ride on this dilapidated road filled with pot holes, and to my surprise I noticed that this road also led to the residence of IGP-Western Range, Jeji Arun Chakravarthy. It would have been of great help to the pedestrians who walk on this stretch of the road, if the IGP had taken some initiative in communicating with the concerned district administration officials in repairing the dilapidated road”.
If you look around the city, there are several open manholes posing a serious threat to the lives of the people. Be it the posh localities or suburban areas, open manholes can be seen everywhere. Despite several incidents in the past where people have fallen in these manholes and suffered injuries, Mangaluru City Corporation has never paid heed to cover them up while they are being constructed. Pedestrians and motorists have been seriously injured due to such mishaps. But the municipal authorities have learnt no lesson from these incidents and as a result, these dangerous death traps are lying open. The problem with MCC is that they wait for an accident to happen before they fix the problem. No doubt, as always when it comes to the safety of the citizens, MCC gives a damn about it. As concerned citizens we should not keep quite, instead bring such kinds of civic issues to the knowledge of the concerned civic authorities or call our office (0824-4252851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you see any safety hazard issues, we will highlight it. Complain..complain..raise your voices, till safety hazards are fixed.
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