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Updated: July 8, 2013 15:17 IST

The journey from sick to critical

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The incessant rain the capital city has left many stretches on the Pettah-Medical College road in a dilapidated condition. Photo: S. Gopakumar
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The incessant rain the capital city has left many stretches on the Pettah-Medical College road in a dilapidated condition. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Approach road to Medical College Hospital riddled with potholes

The road from Pettah to Medical College, one of three main approach roads to hospitals in the Medical College vicinity, is riddled with potholes and bad patches, giving a harrowing time to motorists on the 2-km stretch.

Pot holes and broken roads at crucial junctions such as Kannamoola, Kumarapuram, and the area close to Medical College police station have affected quick movement of accident victims and the sick to the Medical College Hospital, Regional Cancer Centre, and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology.

Vehicles move bumper to bumper on the stretch delaying the movement of ambulances and other vehicles.

Stoppage for buses

During the morning and evening peak hours, vehicles queue up as motorists negotiate the potholes and the bad stretches. Stoppage for KSRTC and private buses at the designated bus stops located close to the junctions and piling of granite are other obstacles in the way of motorists.

Water-logging coupled with potholes has had a cascading effect on traffic movement. The narrow road is also used by those arriving from the southern side of the district to the RCC, SCTIMST and Medical College Hospital.

Not included in CRIP

The local people complain that the Public Works Department has not taken steps to strengthen the road to cope with the increase in the volume of traffic. The road also did not find a place in the City Road Improvement project even as two other approach roads from Pattom and Uloor were included.

“Barring laying of fresh layers of bitumen at some spots, there have been no concerted efforts to strengthen the foundation of the road, by way of reconstruction,” a road user said.

A PWD official said the bad patches on the road had come to the department’s notice and resurfacing work would be taken up in “bits” after a let-up in the rain. The official said temporary measures had been taken to ensure the safety of road users.

Time to ask ourselves if we are really living in a democracy.Thanks to
politics,citizens are being deprived of essential govt services they are
paying for.Corporation has stopped disposal of waste leading to deadly
life threatening diseases . Excuse---corporation is run by opppsition !!
If you want to take the sick to the hospital on a day of declared
'Hartal',you are at the mercy of these so called 'political workers' who
are in charge of the hartal, which even the Supreme court declared
illegal in 2002 ! And,of course if you plead and are allowed to move on
you have these potholes to take care of.Democracy anyone ?

from:  Capt Harish Pillay
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013 at 09:35 IST
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