Mangaluru: A drive on the roads in Mangaluru may seem like a roller coaster for motorists, commuters who have to battle their way through crater-like holes on the roads here.
Notably, these pathetic conditions of the road have been existing much before the onset of the monsoon here but no maintenance works were undertaken to the despair of the people who even find it difficult to walk here.
Protesting against the apthy of the civic authorities, members of Aam Aadmi Party and MCC civic activists staged a symbolic protest here at Kankanady on October 17 by fishing and floating paper boats in potholes filled with water.
Speaking at the protest, social activist Gerald Towers pointed out that even after repeated demands officials of the MCC have failed to look into the road conditions here. These potholes pose a danger to the lives of commuters, he added and alleged a nexus between officials and corporators who receive a certain cut for each MCC project.
The monsoons only add to the woes of the people throwing traffic out of gear as potholes have now become a characteristic feature of this smart city which offers very less in terms of road infrastructure. Lack of street lights, footpaths all just leave us craving for more.
Recently we witnessed social media erupt with anger after as many as 10 lives were lost due to potholes in the state capital.