Digging Never Stops on the Stretch of Bendoor Road near St Theresa’s School

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Digging Never Stops on the Stretch of Bendoor Road near St Theresa’s School

Mangaluru: Once again I am using my signature tagline -“DIGGING NEVER STOPS IN THE SMART CITY?”. One thing for sure, that you’ll all agree with me is that-Digging of roads/streets/bye-lanes/footpaths will never stop in Mangaluru no matter what- and we have seen it in the past and will see it in future too. MESCOM, Telephone Co’s, Contractors, building owners etc, including MCC, MSCL- all dig the roads/streets, and footpaths without prior permission from Mangaluru City Corporation.

There is no end to this- and once they dig, and after their work is done, they leave the dug-up area in a shabby condition. And no action is taken against them, either by the MCC or District Administration. And here we are once again seeing many newly constructed roads by Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) now being dug right in the middle by Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) to build new Manholes or fix faulty drainage.

Once again the Bendore- Bendoorwell- Kankanady Kankanady road near St Theresa’s School, Bendore, Mangaluru is dug again to repair faulty drainage, which was repaired not long ago- and a few weeks later, it is again dug to fix a faulty issue. How nice to have engineers who don’t know what the heck they are doing. Repair after repair is their routine work, and nothing has been done to stop it. Do you know why? Because they are spending taxpayers’ money, and they are not worried. And this work will last for the next 3-4 days, thereby putting motorists in hardship. Luckily the School nearby is closed for the Dasara holidays, and MCC has started this work right in time so that students won’t face the brunt.

Just recently this road was dug twice near the said school to fix an overflowing manhole/drainage, and now they are fixing their unscientific and faulty work. If you look at the entire stretch of this road, you will see patchwork at various spots, proof that this road has been dug many times. This shows the unplanned and unscientific works taken up, either by Mangaluru Smart City Ltd (MSCL) or Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC).

During peak hours, chaos and traffic jams are created due to this work and it’s a total mess out there. You won’t even believe ever since this entire stretch was concretized, it has been dug numerous times, either for faulty water or UGD issues- and it will never end. This shows how intelligent and smart our engineers are in our Smart City, who don’t even know what they are doing, even after many of them may be rank holders in their academics.

For a City which has been selected as one of the “Smart City” of India, it seems like we are lacking “Smart People”, right from Officials at MSCL and MCC, Engineers, Contractors, and other District authorities who are simply wasting public hard earned money on projects, which once completed have to be re-done or new roads have to be dug up to lay drainage or construct new manholes or address some water problems.

Just look at the sad situation of these newly constructed concrete roads which were done just months ago- now due to poor planning- they are digging the roads to construct new manholes/drainage, at various places in the City. Why wasn’t the construction of the new manhole/UGD done while the road was being constructed is the question that many citizens would ask- but getting the right answer from the concerned authorities will be a tough one. Because they screwed up!

Isn’t it the right thing to do when the new road construction is done, simultaneously construct the manholes/drainage/water lines wherever needed? But here in this Smart City, we are just seeing the opposite. While many of the new road works are undertaken by MSCL, the work on manholes comes under MCC undertaking- and therefore, once the road work is completely done by MSCL, it’s MCC’s turn to start digging to construct new manholes/drainage- which is so Dumb and stupid!

But it seems like no one cares about it- new roads are constructed, and within the next few hours or few days they are broken to give way for a new project/work. This education hub is now like a middle-aged bachelor, with the government and MCC trying to dress him up with all sorts of cosmetics while the vital aspects are being sidelined. With half the city being dug up for one or the other reason the traffic appears to be going haywire while the pedestrians are scampering for safety.

School children, young and old folks, ladies and gentlemen are the most susceptible. With the roads dug up here in there, some could claim that they have sent people to the hospital with injuries, some others would state that they have claimed lives! Even today, when there is so much conversation about road safety, and despite pedestrians being at the forefront of this conversation, many roads are not safe either due to construction or debris left after construction. Not “Smart” for an upcoming “Smart City”? Period. And sadly, it’s a shame that ‘DIGGING OF NEW ROADS NEVER STOP IN THIS SO CALLED ‘SMART CITY’?


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