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Updated: May 1, 2014 15:07 IST
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Danger from potholes, manholes: motorists seek prompt action

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Protruding manholes such as this one on TTK Road put motorists at risk of injury. Photo: M. Srinath
The Hindu Protruding manholes such as this one on TTK Road put motorists at risk of injury. Photo: M. Srinath

Found on a stretch of TTK Road, they have already caused many an accident. Liffy Thomas reports

T.T.K. Road, near Narada Gana Sabha, has a few potholes and protruding manholes that seem likely to cause grievous injury to any motorist who rides into it. In addition to the protrusion, these manholes have gaps that can throw vehicles out of kilter.

C.S. Ram, who commutes on this stretch regularly is disappointed with the laxity shown by the civic body in closing these potholes and also doing something about the manholes.

Last week, he sent a letter to the Mayor’s grievance cell representing the issue and received a reply stating that the complaint had been registered. “We are waiting for the gaps to be closed,” says Ram.

A couple of weeks ago, a senior citizen was injured in a freak accident as his vehicle hit a pothole, he says. Many others working on that stretch agree that many two-wheelers have lost control due to such potholes, found in 3 to 4 places of the road.

“It gets worse in the evening when vehicles are caught in the traffic. In such a situation, impatient two-wheeler riders criss-cross, trying to get through the traffic,” says Badal Kumar, who works as a security staff.

On Wednesday, two motorists fell off their vehicles after they they hit a pothole. A few workers at the site patched the pothole with concrete waste. Some of the potholes were later patched with concrete but motorists still complain that the surface remains uneven.

T.T.K. Road, between the Music Academy signal and flyover, has a good number of residential and commercial establishments including the Sankara Hall, TAG Centre and Narada Gana Sabha. The narrow stretch gets more vehicles than it can handle, especially in the evening.

Crossing the road is a Herculean task for pedestrians as the traffic signals are located far away and there is no zebra crossing. “It sometimes take me 15 minutes to cross the road,” says a staff working at Narada Gana Sabha.

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