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SLUSH-TRACK: It is not only the heavy rains but also the poor condition of the road at Malemar Konchady in Mangalore that has deprived the people of the means of conveyance.
SLUSH-TRACK: It is not only the heavy rains but also the poor condition of the road at Malemar Konchady in Mangalore that has deprived the people of the means of conveyance.

Staff Correspondent

The concreting of the stretch and construction of underground drainage have been stoppe

People say the problem arose only because

the trenches have not been filled properly

Autorickshaw druvers refuse to come to the area owing to the poor shape of the road

MANGALORE: A stretch of road at Malemar Konchady here resembles slush-track laid for Kambala.

People in the area find it difficult even to walk, let alone ride a vehicle. Buses have stopped plying on the road.

People allege that the stretch, which the Mangalore City Corporation wanted to be concreted, was covered with mud after the underground drainage was constructed. The incessant rains in the city had compounded the problems there, they said.

Work stopped

Khaja Shareef, a sweetmeat maker and resident of Malemar, told The Hindu that the residents were happy when the corporation took up concreting of the road and construction of underground drainage there. “But the concreting stopped after some distance and after the construction of the underground drainage, the trenches were not filled properly. They dumped some mud and put us in trouble,” he said.

Another resident Ganpatlal Chaudhry said: “The autorickshaw drivers refuse to come to our area by saying they do not want to take any risk. If there is any kind of emergency, we do not know how to go to any other place in the city quickly. We cannot use any vehicle on this road.” According to Mr. Chaudhry, school vans refuse to come to the area and the children had to to walk on the slush-filled road to reach Nekkalaguddey and catch school bus. Lalitha, a shopkeeper, said: “People with vehicles can manage to drive in the middle of the road which is still a bit hard. But it is difficult to walk on this road.”

Prabhakar (60), an employee of a private LPG distributor who was carrying a gas cylinder on his shoulders, told The Hindu that earlier the LPG cylinder-laden vehicle was going up to the gates of every house. Now, the vehicle had to be parked at some place and cylinders had to be carried from Nekkalaguddey or Konchady to houses.

LPG supply hit

The driver of the vehicle said that he had to come via Konchady if the cylinder had to be delivered to a house in the second stage of Malemar, and via Nekkalaguddey to deliver cylinders in the third stage. This was to avoid the particular stretch which was in poor shape.

“If cylinders have to be delivered in both the areas, I will have to drive another two km distance.

The stretch that connects the two areas cannot be called a road as it does not serve anybody’s purpose. Such being the case, how can I call it a road?”

G.V. Rajashekhar, chief executive engineer of the corporation, said that paucity of funds had led to the stoppage of the concreting of the road. On the dumping of mud after the construction of underground drainage, he said: “These problems are inevitable in all places where underground drainages are newly laid. Things get worse during the first monsoon.”

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