Serena Josephine M.
PUDUCHERRY: The Kanuvapet-Thirukanchi Road at Villianur has been left in a bad shape for more than 15 years. This being one of the main connecting roads, temporary topping with sand and stones has not helped much, causing plenty of hardship for residents and motorists.
For the 5,000-odd families in the surrounding areas, their repeated pleas and protests to lay a proper road have not fetched the desired results. A bumpy ride across the uneven stretch has become routine for motorists, according to residents.
“The road is surrounded by areas including Kanuvapet, three plots of Pudukuppam, S.S. Nagar and Periapet. It comes under the control of the Public Works Department (PWD) and has not been laid for more than 15 years. It poses plenty of difficulty for regular road users,” said a resident.
Some of the residents said they had made representations to several authorities and members of political parties but nothing had been done till date. “No one seems to be bothered about the damaged condition of the road. At times, we are so tired of using this stretch that we go through other longer routes to reach the main road,” a resident on the Kanuvapet-Thirukanchi Road said.
But the worse conditions await residents during the rains when the road turns slushy. “The entire stretch resembles a paddy field during the rains. We even staged a protest by standing on the slushy road to put forward our grievance. But it was of no use,” an elderly woman pointed out.
A shopkeeper on the stretch said a member of the local body had been covering the damaged road with sand and stones over and over again to help the residents. “People have even hurt themselves by falling on this uneven road. It has several ups and downs. The sand and stones which cover the potholes provide only temporary relief,” he explained.
For houses located on the stretch, the problems seem to be manifold. “During summer, our houses are filled with the dust from the road. Only black-topping the road will solve the problem,” a resident added.
Authorities of the Villianur Commune Panchayat said that they had asked the PWD several times to lay the road. Except for repeated assurances, the department has not taken any measures and has neglected the entire stretch, they said.