Tired of the laxity of civic agencies to repair potholed roads in city, a group of students decided to set things right.
On Sunday morning they got together near Pipeline Junction with one goal: repair the damaged stretch of Edappally-Pookkattupady Road.
“Nobody bothered about the pitiable condition of this road, so we thought we had to do something,” said Farizeen Rasheed, a Plus One student at the Cochin Public School, Thrikkakara. Rasheed said as the road posed a threat to motorists and pedestrians, he and his 13 classmates decided to raise money to restore the road.
“We got permission from our Principal and the school management to take up this project,” they said.
The students were determined to make a change and came armed with pickaxes and spades. They hired several autorickshaws to transport rubble retrieved from building sites in the city to the potholed road. They then filled the gaping potholes on the busy road using broken cement and sand bricks.
However, one of the students denied that they were influenced by actor Jayasurya who recently took it upon himself to repair a damaged road near Menaka Junction.
The students said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Long stretches of Edappally-Pookkattupady Road, which turns east from National Highway 47 at Edappally Toll, were badly damaged in the rains during June and July.