Vehicles move slowly on the main road from Ambedkar Circle to Bunts Hostel as a corroded portion of the road has not been repaired even after the rains stopped more than a month ago.
A little ahead of this corroded stretch a short road connected the main road from hotel Gold Finch to Balmatta. Drivers continued to bear with huge potholes and worn out stretches on this road since the rains began.
At Kankanady, a stretch on the main road where an underground water supply pipeline had burst several times had not been asphalted after digging the road. Slow movement of vehicles at this stretch resulted in traffic jam during peak hours at Karavali Circle.
The road from Nanthoor Circle to Mallikatta was dotted with several potholes.
G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitrakshana Samithi, told The Hindu that the road from Gold Finch to Balmatta had been asphalted in March and the main road from Ambedkar Circle to Bunts Hostel in January.
He said that the condition of Vitoba Temple Road, Old Port Road, Bunder Police Station to Goods Shed Road were bad as they had potholes and some portions had worn out. All of them had been asphalted in this summer, he said.
Harish Kumar K., Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, told The Hindu that bids have been finalised for repairing the main roads and roads on which buses operated. “Work will commence within this week,” he said.
Mr. Kamath claimed that the civic body while asphalting roads in summer 2012 had laid a condition that contractors would have to maintain them for two years. He questioned the move of the civic body of inviting bids again for repairs instead of making the contractors adhere to the conditions of the contract.
He alleged that lethargy on the part of the councillors and engineers ensuring quality works had resulted in roads going bad in a year of their asphalting.
Mr. Kamath said that engineers and contractors should be made accountable for delivering inferior quality work.
He alleged that there was no coordination among engineers in the development cell and engineering section in the corporation. Earlier each section was headed by one executive engineer. Now both sections had one each at the top.