Astronaut Impersonator 11-yr-old Miss Adlin D’Silva Walks on City’s Craters near Central Market?
Mangaluru: Following close on its heels, after a video few days ago went viral on social media, where social activist Badal Najundaswamy was seen dressed up in a spacesuit, walking through the crater-like potholes in Herohalli area in the Garden City-Bengaluru, and now, here in Mangaluru, although the City being called as “Smart City” but with numerous potholes which look like craters, and to bring awareness among the official of Mangaluru City Corporation and District Administration, a Sixth standard girl Miss Adlin D’Silva from St Agnes School, Bendore-Mangaluru, all attired in a astronaut outfit walked on the potholes/craters near Central Vegetable Market in Mangaluru on Sunday night at around 10 pm. She is the daughter of social activist and Secretary of PUCL Ajoy D’silva from Bejai, Mangaluru.
A small girl highlighting the negligence of our MCC and district administration officials, who have turned a blind eye towards the numerous pot holes in the City which has put the lives of motorists in danger, especially two-wheeler riders, these officials should be ashamed of themselves of their carelessness. Miss Adlin should be credited for coming up with the concept of recreating the lunar surface in Smart city-Mangaluru, who has also shared a video of the ‘moonwalk’ on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday night to raise awareness about the situation of the roads in the Coastal City. Such an act of awareness by this young girl regarding the crater size potholes aptly suits the civic issue. Her attempt to get Mangaluru City Corporation or PWD attention on the crater sized potholes on the city roads, and to create awareness about the increasing potholes needs should be appreciated and commended.
This young girl taking a dig at MCC by highlighting civic issue regarding the crater-like potholes in the City, having recreated the scene of the ‘man’s first step on the moon’ and uploaded the same on social media account is indeed a Smart Idea in this Smart City by a Smart Girl! The video begins with a close-up of an astronaut cautiously walking on a surface that matches the craters of the moon. However, when the cameraman zooms out, people understand it is not ISRO’s successful space mission but the unfortunate condition of the dilapidated and potholed road near Central Vegetable Market in the City. The video has collected thousands of shares and thousands of reactions on Facebook. On Twitter, it has also gained quite a number of views and many re-tweets.
Miss Adlin seen with her Dad-Ajoy D’Silva, Mom- Magdeline, and baby sister- Alina
Just like Badal Nanjundaswamy, it’s nice to note that this young girl also came up with unique art idea which could make a mockery of the officials who have been careless and lazy in rectifying the civic issues, especially the potholed city streets. The city crew 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 nor PWD 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/PWD/NHAI— and still keep driving safe, and walk safe! And a humble request to MLA Vedavyas Kamath is that, just like he is too much concerned about the harmful effects of plastic and flex, he should also show a keen interest in taking action in rectifying the potholed roads, which are also harmful to the citizens, especially motorists!
Note : This video is a part of campaign by MCC Civic Group-a group of like-minded people, to draw the attention of the authorities towards the pathetic condition of the roads. This initiative of this video was by Arjun Mascarenhas- founder member of MCC Civic Group, and it is learnt that the Group members are planning to meet the New MCC Commissioner Ajith Kumar Hegde urging him to fix the potholes, and the members will also be conducting a day-long tour across the City and document all the dilapidated roads, and submit the same to the Commissioner with a deadline to rectify the civic issue.