Karkala: The development work on National highway-169, connecting Moodbidri and Karkala, is proceeding at a sluggish pace, which is causing inconvenience to the commuters.
The temporary road from the service road opposite Prashanth Kamath’s house in Murathangadi locality of Sanoor village to Thevattur Road is narrow. This makes it difficult to drive the vehicle. It is common for road traffic to be cut off for some time when heavy vehicles are found on the opposite side.
A small drainage pipe is broken, and the bikers and other motorists are driving with great difficulty on the road as it is in a dangerous manner.
The locals have urged Dileep Buildcon Construction Manager Balaji of the National Highway works to immediately further strengthen the Drainage under the temporary road and widen the road to facilitate smooth flow of traffic.
Locals as well as motorists and riders fear that if the departmental authorities and contractors are negligent, there could be a bigger danger.
On the other hand, there is also a possibility of constructing a retaining wall on the opposite side of the Mandal grounds. Otherwise, the soil may slip and fall on the road, posing a risk to vehicles and those who walk on the road. Since it has already started raining, careful work needs to be done on road safety.
Sanoor Narasimha Kamath, a member of the National Highways Action Committee, said in a statement that if the department and contractors adopt a blind policy, they should have been prepared to face protests from the villagers of Sanoor.