Kochi motorists wary of undulations on arterial roads

Risky ride: The sinking of roads on Banerjee Road at Kaloor and at a few places on M.G. Road and S.A. Road has caused undulations on the fast lane.

Risky ride: The sinking of roads on Banerjee Road at Kaloor and at a few places on M.G. Road and S.A. Road has caused undulations on the fast lane.  

Stretch between Kaloor stadium and Madhava Pharmacy Junction gives them a nightmare

Protest is brewing against the inordinate delay by the PWD (Roads Wing) in resurfacing severely undulated areas on Banerjee Road, M.G. Road and S.A. Road, beneath the metro rail corridor.

The stretch between international stadium and Madhava Pharmacy Junction is particularly bad, the worst being at Kaloor, where most motorists avoid the severely undulated fast lane of the arterial Banerjee Road. The undulations worsened after soil gave in and the foundation of a textile shop that was under construction at Kaloor caved in, about a year ago.

This resulted in further settlement of loose soil beneath the road surface, while the concreted areas over and around the pile caps of the Kochi metro retained their level.

The net result was a bulge in the vicinity of metro pillars, while the road around them sank considerably. Motorists passing through both slow and fast tracks are at risk.

Senior consultant ENT surgeon Dr Vinod B. Nair was shocked when a bus that was overtaking his car steeply tilted towards his vehicle and hit the rear portion of the right side at Kaloor a fortnight ago. He is still unsure whether the driver of the bus which did not stop after the accident knew that his vehicle brushed against the car.

“The accident would not have occurred if the fast lane was at the same level as that of the slow lane. The bus tilted towards the left when its right wheels were over the concreted portion of the road and rammed the car,” he said. Responding to the issue, DMRC officials said that the entire length of Banerjee Road and M.G. Road up to Maharaja’s College Ground metro station was returned to PWD in October 2017, when metro operations were extended to M.G. Road.

Officials of PWD said that loosening of soil after the collapse of the shop’s foundation might have led to the road, which was tarred and paved using concrete blocks, sinking beyond a limit. “We will take corrective action when rains take a break. We hope the department will allot funds as soon as possible,” they said.

Similar issues have cropped up on M.G. Road and S.A. Road at Manorama Junction. However, such undulations on the road in front of Hotel Gokulam Park have lessened after PWD repaved concrete tiles. Steps would have to be taken beneath the Thykoodam-Pettah metro corridor too, to prevent such gaping level difference on the road, they added.

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