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Show of protest: A ‘shayana pradakshinam’ being staged in front of the Kozhikode collectorate on Thursday in protest against the failure to repair roads dug up for laying pipelines.
Show of protest: A ‘shayana pradakshinam’ being staged in front of the Kozhikode collectorate on Thursday in protest against the failure to repair roads dug up for laying pipelines.

Staff Reporter

Delay in repair endangering pedestrians and vehicles

Kozhikode: The delay in filling the roads dug up for laying pipes for the Japan Bank-aided drinking water scheme in the city has made driving a difficult affair.

The worst affected are the Pottemmal-Thondayad, Meenchanda Junction and Mankavu-Pantheerankavu roads. The monsoon has aggravated the problem, with many roads resembling a swamp.

V.P. Vinod, a ration shop owner at Pokunnu on the Mankavu-Pantheerankavu stretch, said the road there was in a sorry state for the last five months. “During summer, dust was the problem for shop owners and passers-by. Now, the rain has made the entire road slushy and there is no place for people to move aside from speeding buses. Smaller vehicles often get trapped in the puddle,” he says.

It was also pointed out that many of the roads dug up by contractors involved in laying pipes for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) project were not filled properly.

JBIC project director K.K. Chandini said that the authorities had asked the contractors to fill the roads properly at places where it was found that the work was not proper.

Many roads in the city, including the Florican Hill Road-Malaparambu stretch and the Chakkorathukulam-East Hill Road (Manjunath Rao Road), were in a pitiable condition following digging works connected with the JBIC project.

The ‘Japan Sahaya Kudivella Padhathi Prasna Parihara Prathikarana Janakeeya Samithi’ organised a dharna and a ‘shayana pradakshinam’ in front of the Collectorate on Thursday.

It demanded that the Peruvannamuzhi- Chakkittapara-Koorachund- Koottalida- Balussery- Kozhikode PWD road be made motorable. Balussery block panchayat member Jobi Kanjirathamkuzhi inaugurated the dharna. Samithi convener Rajan Varkey presided.

The samithi members submitted a memorandum to the District Collector.

Meanwhile, the district panchayat in a resolution asked the government to make the national highway and PWD roads in the district motorable. The pitiable condition of the roads has contributed to the increase in the number of accidents. T.Moidheen Koya, who introduced the resolution, was supported by another member Dinesh Perumanna. District panchayat president K.P.Kuhahamed Kutty presided.

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