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Obstacle course: A two-wheeler rider gets up after falling into a pothole filled with dirty water at Kaloor junction on Monday. The stretch has been causing huge traffic hold-ups.
Obstacle course: A two-wheeler rider gets up after falling into a pothole filled with dirty water at Kaloor junction on Monday. The stretch has been causing huge traffic hold-ups.

Staff Reporter

Watery ditch on road proves a trap for unwary two-wheeler riders

KOCHI: The stagnation of dirty water over huge potholes on the eastern side of Kaloor junction has made life hell for commuters passing through the stretch.

This has resulted in many two-wheeler riders falling into the watery ditches and other motorists taking time to negotiate the bad stretch, thus causing huge traffic snarls on this portion of the NH 47. Things took a bad turn recently after some people blocked the inflow of water to the drains in their colony. Attempts by the PWD to declog the drains received a setback after a court order restrained the agency from permitting the percolation of water into the drains of the side road. With the court disallowing the seepage of water into the drains, the Corporation of Cochin has refused to intervene on the issue.

Dozens of two-wheeler riders fell into the potholes on Monday alone. Officials of the PWD said that the problem would not abate unless the side drains are widened and their depth increased.

The department has gone on appeal against the court order.

Repairs soon

Faced with mounting public ire, the PWD has engaged a contractor to pump out water from the road and relay the badly-mauled stretch. Contractors were initially hesitant to take up the repair works since many of their past bills have not yet been cleared.

Apart from inadequate support from the Corporation of Cochin in ensuring that water from the road flows into the drains, the PWD is finding it increasingly difficult to remove encroachments from the Banerjee Road and M G Road. In the worst such instance, the agency has been unable to demolish a concrete structure built on the road by a shop on the south-eastern side of Deshabhimani Junction (opposite TVS showroom) to create direct access to customers’ vehicles.

At loggerheads

The department and the Corporation are also at logger heads over resurfacing the Edapally-Madhava Pharmacy road.

The Corporation did not reportedly consult the department before deciding to resurface the road owned by the PWD.

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