Yet Another ‘Uneven’ City New Concrete Road

Yet Another ‘Uneven’ City New Concrete Road

Mangaluru: While Mangaluru City is looking forward to be a “Smart City”, but the folks who are behind the development and infrastructure of the city are not too “Smart”? Look at all the development work that has taken place since past few months, from drainage-footpaths and to construction of new roads-none of these are up to the standards, most of them are incomplete. When it comes to construction of new roads, there is absolutely no planning- why even bother to construct a new road when there are objections from the residents/businesses that lie on that stretch of the road. Just look at the newly constructed Mangaladevi Temple/Yemmekere Road going towards the City/Pandeshwar- the road is broader at some points, while narrow at other points. I guess probably due to a few stay orders, the road might have been constructed accordingly around the ‘stay order property’ areas. But what good is it to have a uneven road, after spending so much money? Sheer waste of tax-payers money!

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Yes, in Mangaluru lately we have been seeing new roads being constructed-the road widening was proposed as a solution to the traffic congestion in this growing city with lots of traffic and commuters. India’s education hub, Mangaluru has an abundance of charms but its roads and traffic are not among them. The roads are narrow and the network woefully scanty, despite the fast-paced growth and exploding vehicle population in this city. Roads are so wretched that helpless residents can only make light of the misery by creating pothole-counting face-offs and crater-measuring contests. But when they decide to build new roads, they are not planned proper, with faulty designs.

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In conclusion, through a deadly combination of a lack of expertise, bad planning, as well as rampant corruption, MCC should lay some standards that will set the paradigm for future road works. MCC authorities should inspect and supervise when the road work is going on. If not, it will be business as usual. Roads will continue to be laid and relaid while money will leak out and line the pockets of corrupt politicians and officials.

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