Website Impact! MCC Uproots Hazardous Bougainvillea Plants
Website Impact! Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Uproots Hazardous Bougainvillea Plants on Nehru Maidan Rd
Mangaluru: Yes, we have one more positive result -Talk about the power of media, especially Electronic media where we highlight the civic issues and within few hours or few days the concerned authorities who can’t bear the criticism about their negligence, quickly get into action and rectify the civic issues. In the past Mangalorean.com has highlighted various civic issues through our website, and there has been a tremendous effect with most of the problems being fixed in no time, from rectifying dilapidated roads, open drainage, non-friendly footpaths, dog menace, neglected garbage etc.
On February 22, 2017, Team Mangalorean had published an article “Bougainvillea Plants along Nehru Maidan Road Safety Hazard for Riders (https://www.mangalorean.com/bougainvillea-plants-along-nehru-maidan-rd-safety-hazard-riders/) dated 22 February, highlighting bunch of Bougainvillea plants which adore the whole stretch of Nehru Maidan Road, which were hazardous to motorists especially two-wheeler riders, due to the sharp thorns on these plants. A 6-year-old boy taking a ride with his dad on the scooter got serious bruises when he came in contact with one of the Bougainvillea plant on this road a few weeks ago. No doubt these plants gave a beautiful look to the city, but the plants needed to be trimmed when they grow up- which was not been done in this case here by Mangaluru City Corporation.
Our report was circulated through Whatsapp, Facebook and was also sent to the concerned officials at MCC, including the Mayor- and now we are looking at the result, where MCC got into action, but unfortunately instead of trimming the grown up Bougainvillea plants, they have uprooted all the plants. These plants on Nehru Maidan Road before MCC uprooted them had overgrown, and some of them were protruding towards the street, which caused safety hazard especially to the two-wheeler riders when they rode along the side of these plants, due to their thorny vines.
About Bougainvillea -it is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers, which grow anywhere from 1 to 12 m (3 to 40 ft.) tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance. Even though these plants add beauty to any surrounding- but they need to be trimmed when they grow. For two-wheeler riders riding along the stretch of this Nehru Maidan Road they had to be cautious while riding very close to these Bougainvillea plants.
In Mangaluru, in order to be safe on our city roads, you need to be extra sensitive to ever changing scenarios around you, be able to identify potential hazards and stay clear of the same. Unfortunately driving schools only teach you how to drive and NOT how to identify and avert potential dangers. Every article on road safety recycles the same old stuff- ride slow, follow traffic rules, keep servicing your vehicle- which is fine in theory but not practical enough to be street smart and be safe. One and only way you can be safe is by giving your undivided attention to the road and everything surrounding it. Do not think of office work, family tension or anything else that can distract you. Keep an eye on people, vehicles and all these obstacles all around you while you ride.
In conclusion, I was not against having these beautiful flower blooming plants along the Nehru Maidan stretch when I highlighted the issue, and my humble request to the city maintenance officials of MCC was to trim these Bougainvillea plants when they grow up, thereby prevent them from hurting the two-wheeler riders and also the pedestrians, since these are thorny ornamental vines. But sadly, MCC did their own way by not just trimming the beautiful flower bearing plants, instead completely uprooting them. Oh well- now it’s too late, it’s like no use of crying over spilt milk?