Mangaluru: Got Potholes? It’s a Nightmare for Motorists Driving/Riding on Road adjacent to Padua School

Mangaluru: It happens again and again and again- year and year and year after- and at the same locations of same streets/roads. I am talking about dilapidated roads filled with potholes. Heavy rains, heavy traffic and alternating periods of warm and cold have scarred local streets and the potholes pop up — and this has formed a worse-case scenario for repair crews who are struggling to find and fix all the emerging potholes. But are they doing the job right. I don’t think so. Throwing some loose stuff in a hole and just hoping the traffic driving over it will fix it, will not serve the purpose. The evidence now says otherwise. I think the only way to solve the current pothole mess is to lay a two-layered concrete road with a seal coat but the problem is, our authorities I bet are busy playing blame games. By the way, have you taken the road, which is adjacent to Padua School that connects KPT-Bondel Road. If you haven’t, please try to stay away from it!

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Instead of fixing the roads first, our MCC officials are busy resurfacing inner-lanes with brand new interlock bricks. But when it comes to fixing the bad roads they are slow and careless. As long as cheap quality tar is being used and layered too thinly, we will continue to have these problems every year. It’s an obvious pattern and I wonder why nobody is looking into this, or better yet, our city officials should visit other metropolitan cities in India or other countries and see how they are coping with this matter. Without any delay, MCC should undertake a major exercise to refurbish City’s potholes. If not, I have a feeling that our city potholed scarred roads will entice manufacturers of such equipment to come to Mangaluru and demonstrate to the MCC officials that their machines are the best solution to their problem, like they are doing in other potholed cities.

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Driving on Mangaluru streets, and for that matter, even on outskirts of the City, is like an obstacle course. Drivers keep swerving and maneuvering to make sure they miss every pothole. These potholes have also worsened the chronic traffic jams which Mangalureans face everyday, apart from driving through Alake Road, other potholed surfaces are some streets in Bunder area, Bibi Alabi Rd, Nanthoor junction Rd, Opposite Jimmy’s Super Market-Kadri, etc etc. Anyone who has had the misfortune of commuting on these streets will testify what a great pain the ride is – literally – owing to the numerous potholes that punctuate the road. I bet a ride on this stretch is akin to a ride on a ‘ camel’s ‘ back- just bumpy!

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Potholes aren’t just a nuisance for drivers; they also constitute dangerous safety hazards that can produce substantial damage to vehicles, force drivers to veer suddenly in traffic, or even cause the driver to lose control of a vehicle after contact. The gaping streets can also damage a car’s alignment and suspension system. The city crews should take quick action to fix the potholes before they get deep and worse — thereby avoiding severe driving hazards and vehicle damages. So, while waiting for these roads to be restored for a smooth ride, just brace yourself because it’s once again pothole season in Mangaluru. And for sure, the MCC authorities will not take any action, until a major accident takes place, due to potholes? Until then bear with the potholes or curse someone at the MCC— and still keep driving safe. And just avoid taking “the above mentioned road” if you can ?

6 Comments

  1. Mr. Lobo,

    Please make a trip from Car-street to Alake and just see the road condition and this not the first time this happens in every monsoon and the road find repair only when Dasara procession. After that none bothers about that road. All the elected MLA’s and corporators are seen only at the time of election giving big speaks and results are big Zero.

  2. Where is Lobo ? Oh never mind – he was busy lecturing some panchaayat level guys to fight corruption!! And, where is Nalina kumaara ? He must be attending some ‘udghaatanaa samaarambha’!!

    • Where is Lobo ? Oh never mind – he was busy lecturing some panchaayat level guys to fight corruption!! And, where is Nalina kumaara ? He must be attending some ‘udghaatanaa samaarambha’!! – Mr. RampaNNA

      When there are potholes on Mangalorean roads, our simple-minded Rampa looks for Mr. Lobo.

      When there are so many scams unearthed states ruled by our Pradhana Sevaka’s Party, our beloved PM dons his fanciest set-of-threads and goes globetrotting to deliver some highly unwanted pep-talk. If he is in a magnanimous mood, he extends a line of credit to even the Mongolians. Nothing much – about 1 Billion USD or JUST about some 6,390 CRORES! You see, the Mongolians are going to set up shop in India and “make in India” some Satellites or Boeings or Airbuses or Ships or Choppers or Subs.

      And where is our beloved Amitha Shaha? Oh never mind! He must be busy directing the CBI to investigate Teesta Setalvad’s neighbors too?

      And that JetLee – beloved bro of Bruce Lee….. ಪರವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಬಿಡ್ರೀ! He must be busy organizing the upcoming auctions of players from CSK and Rajasthan Royals. after all, he is the BIGGEST puppet-master of the IPL and BCCI.

      And our Sushma…….. Hahahahaha!

  3. “When there are potholes on Mangalorean roads, our simple-minded Rampa looks for Mr. Lobo” writes political illiterate Praveena Pinto.

    Dear Joker,
    Let me correct you – When there are potholes on Mangaluru roads, I look for both Lobo and Kumaara. Again, you have to read the entire post before embarrassing yourself. Moreover, what’s wrong in holding these guys responsible for pathetic state of mangaluru infrastructure ? Unlike you, I don’t target people purely based on religious and party affiliations. My focus is on doing right things and this is why my posts and views are far superior while your posts register as immature jokes from an anganawadi student!! smiles…

    • Let me correct you – When there are potholes on Mangaluru roads, I look for both Lobo and Kumaara. – Original RampaNNA

      But Rampa saar, Rampa Saaru,

      ನೀವು ಇರುವುದು ಅಮೆರಿಕದ ಶಾಂತ ವಾತಾವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ.

      ಪಾಟ್‌ಹೋಲ್ಸ್ ಇರುವುದು ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ Third-world ರಸ್ತೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ.

      ಭಯಂಕರ ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ನೀವು ಗಂಟು ಮೂಟೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಊರಿಗೆ (ಮಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ) ಬರುವುದು ಹತ್ತು ವಾರ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ ಒಮ್ಮೆ.

      ವಿಷಯ ಹೀಗೆ ಇದ್ದಾಗ, ಹತ್ತು ವಾರ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ನೀವು ಮಿಸ್ಟರ್ ಲೋಬೊ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮಿಸ್ಟೆರ್ ಕುಮಾರ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಕೇವಲ “LOOK” ಮಾಡಿದ್ರೆ ಏನು ಪ್ರಯೋಜನ?

      ಇದ್ದ ರಸ್ತೆ ಗದ್ಧೆ ಆಗಿ ಹೋದೀತು.

      ಪರವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ.. ಬಿಡ್ರೀ! ಬಟ್, ಸೂಪರ್ ಜೋಕ್. ಜೈ ರಾಂಪ ಕಿ. 🙂

  4. It’s funny how joker Praveena Pinto engages in his usual ‘anganawaadi’ level gibberish when confronted and outsmarted!! smiles…First, he tries to blame me for calling out his leader Lobo. When I point out how my post was fair and balanced, he writes something in kannada only to prove that he is a joker and the joke!! What does my India trips have to do with incompetence of elected leaders? Then again, logic hardly works with these……….

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