For three years, the corporation has not concreted the 300 metres of the stretch, which is in a horrible state. It is difficult to walk through it, especially with the monsoon starting.
Residents of Kottara Chowki in the city have threatened to go on a hunger strike on June 7 if the Mangalore City Corporation did not concrete the stretch of a road connecting the National Highway 66 (towards Udupi) and Malemar. The stretch that passed through the area was in “terrible condition”, said the residents at a press conference held here on Tuesday.
“For three years, the corporation has not concreted the 300 metres of the stretch, which is in a horrible state. It is difficult to walk through it, especially with the monsoon starting.
There are many children who have to walk to school through this,” said Kumar Malemar, president of the Jana Hitaraksha Samiti.
He said drain work had not been completed, and the past two days of continuous rain had resulted in water-logging on the stretch. “This is a main link road for us with buses on three routes passing through it. For three years, we have been suffering,” said Mr. Malemar.
In three years, he said the residents had gone from pillar to post and had sent letters to the district officials, the corporation officials, and the local political leaders to no avail.
“We are fed up of waiting,” he said and added that the fast would begin on Thursday and continue till a positive assurance was given.
Shashidhar Hegde, councillor of the area, told The Hindu that the work on the road would begin tomorrow.