NH-67 is not properly maintained; public anger forcing district officials to take action
With nothing tangible being done to set right matters notwithstanding repeated complaints about the deplorable condition of the National Highway-67, which runs through the Nilgiris the district authorities are contemplating action against the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under Section 133 of Cr.PC, which deals with acts that endanger human life.
Official sources told The Hindu here on Monday that they are forced to take recourse to such a measure because, “anger is mounting over the condition of the highway which is rapidly deteriorating and we have been pushed to the wall by queries from all sections of society.”
While potholes pock mark many stretches of the highway between Mettupalayam and Kakkanullah at some places like Nondimedu they pose a threat to the lives of motorists especially motorcyclists.
A notice can be served on the NHAI under Section 133. “We hope that at least this desperate measure will spur the NHAI into action,” officials sources said.
Deep ruts and potholes at Nondimedu on the threshold of this popular holiday destination are life threatening. Receptacles of sewage flow into them from the buildings located above the road.
When the road was converted to a national highway about five years ago, the expectations of the people had soared.
Their hopes had been belied and all sections of society are disappointed.
“If possible the road should be handed back to the State Highways Department,” many residents of the area said and added that until it was taken over by NHAI it used to be in a better condition and repairs were attended to without much delay.