Representations made for a bridge connecting roads have made no difference
The monsoon season is about to end, but the woes of residents of Shaligowraram continue. Shaligowraram is a link and shortcut for the residents of Ammanabole, Nakrekal, Mothkur and Gurjala areas to reach the village during the rainy season but for years the low-level road connecting these places has got flooded, making it difficult for crossing.
This has been happening for several years. Residents have made umpteen representations for a bridge connecting the ends of the road, but officials continue to be indifferent. Following the recent heavy rains, they have had to wade through knee-deep water to cross the stretch.
The task becomes all the more difficult as moss is formed on the rocks under the water making the path slippery and dangerous. Hundreds of students are forced to cross the road in heavy rain at personal risk. Motorists get stuck and the vehicles suffer damage.
Getting swept away
Recently, there have been instances of animals and vehicles getting swept away in swirling waters. Last year, an old man died after he drowned.
Recounting his bad experience to The Hindu , Gowra Saidulu (35), a farmer, says he fell in the water three times, suffering knee injuries. He favours construction of a road link at the earliest. K. Paramesh, an RMP, whose bike was swept away, was rescued by passers-by. “No one is bothered by our plight,” says H. Reddy, president of the local Water Users’ Association.