Mangaluru: Kadri-Kaibattal road turns into dusty nightmare for residents

Joshwa D'Souza
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Apr 26: Someone has rightly said. Development has both boons and banes. Tier-2 cities like Mangaluru are nowadays 'trying to fit' into the Smart City scheme of the union government and hence are speeding up the development activities in pace with the growing population.

Often, development works in the city have resulted in a lot of inconvenience to the public due to the carelessness of the contractors and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) officials.

Digging the soil has become part and parcel of any deveopment work. But digging in Mangaluru city seems like a perpetual process. Roads are dug everywhere without issuing any notice, and when it comes to coordination between two teams digging in the same area, the less said, the better. Public convenience is thrown to the wind, and worst, deadlines are only on paper. Roads are dug and left untouched for days together, just as in the case of Kadri-Kaibattal road.

The residents of Kadri-Kaibattal road are facing tough times for nearly three months now. The road has been dug for laying underground drainage (UGD). A 10-ft deep pit had also been dug and left open for days together until recently.

As per the residents, the contractors promised to dig the road and lay the pipes within a week, but even nearly three months after it was dug up, the road has not been brought back to original condition. Wherever the pipes have been laid, the road has turned into a stretch of mud, with dust and potholes making commuting a nightmare for people. The residents have complained about the same to the local corporator.

Speaking to daijiworld, an elderly lady complained about the dust which she is allergic to. "Even though I am allergic to dust I have to clean the house twice a day. Like me, there are elderly people in the surroundings and all are facing similar issues. We water the road in front of our houses and try to keep the dust at bay." But given that the city is facing acute water shortage, the residents can barely afford to waste precious water for this purpose.

Speaking to daijiworld, a middle aged male resident said, "About a month ago, when a pipe burst in the locality there was water all around. It made the road surface slushy and a car got stuck in the mud. We had to lift it and make way for traffic. Now the road has become like a tile quarry with dust all around. We cannot even dry our clothes outdoors."

When contacted, local corporator Ashok D K told daijiworld, "Another few days are required to complete the laying of the pipelines and connecting them. Thereafter we might go for patch up work. Since the road will be concreted soon after the drainage connectivity, the residents will have to bear the inconvenience now. We used to sprinkle the road with water through tankers to let the dust settle. All the residents have promised to co-operate and if someone is complaining about the dust now, it is nothing but a conspiracy to curb development."


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  • sudarshan, ganjimut

    Wed, Apr 27 2016

    These psudos have forgotten that MCC is ruled by Congis in Mangalore. Shame to these guys on this forum blaming for every thing Modiji.

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 28 2016

    This reminds me of a saying in Tulu. Thett pothina tharayee Kuri pothina Kumbdah.

    Congress or others , we are all same Mannina Makkalu !!!

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  • Francis, kadri - alvares road

    Wed, Apr 27 2016

    Thankyou Daiji for publish this article/ true event. We live in a very bad situation in this area since last two months. God only knows what will happen if it rains..

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  • kadri mangy, potholed roads

    Wed, Apr 27 2016

    Quote 'nothing ...but a conspiracy to' unquote....spell check please:)!!!

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  • abdul, mangalore

    Wed, Apr 27 2016

    Not only in kadiri road, there are many roads in mangalore such carstreet, kudroli , hoige bazar and so on.. these are within city limits. please write the news on these road also

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    We Mangaloreans perhaps like the dust. There are several instances where things could have done differently ( with no dust) have been done to create dust.

    May be I am sarcastic( venting my frustration). If a tourist were to visit Mangalore - he/she would feel can jump to these above conclusions. We pile up our dirt outside our compounds ( as if its a dumping ground). We are very happy with our local corporator( they are not taken to task).

    We are happy that MCC has not finished water/ solid waste drainage in several areas ( some areas have the drains but MCC is sleeping over as they are not functional).

    There is loads of dust collected in many roads in Mangalore- it is acceptable site for many of us( there would be an uproar in developed nations).

    There are how many medical colleges in Mangalore? what are they doing about creating public awareness on the DUST issue ? It all starts with allergic rhinitis with sneezes, itchy red eyes. Next there will be congested sinusitis and soar throat.Many develop chest congestion( especially children)- asthma is then a word written in the text books that these medical colleges teach their students.

    Many of the ailments affecting the elderly, children are preventable if we show ZERO TOLERANCE TO DUST.

    MCC - should realize the importance of time Limit- time is money. Change the regulations to make the contractor pay hefty fines as a mandatory thing if a project cannot be finished.

    Public health professionals, educationists, environmentalists and engineers can be consulted to make "SMART CHANGES" TO the rules that govern the digging, construction etc.

    A patient of asthma can file a PIL against MCC for negligence and demand compensation as MCC has failed its residents and tax paying customers.

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    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    We have acute shortage of water. Dont spray water on these roads just for the sake preventing dust. The MCC should pay much attention to complete the ongoing works in a speedy manner instead of draggin the works.

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  • AK, kadri

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Thank You Daijiworld for taking up this issue. Ashok DK is just creating nuisance in the name of development .Earlier roads were good and there was no need for concrete roads.Just filling his pocket in the name of development.If citizens complain ,he calls it a conspiracy.What a leader !!!

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  • Tony Crasta, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Shame on you MCC for dragging on this work for such a longer period, with utter disregard to the well being of the people living in the vicinity, and also without any caution and safety signs in place. Remember, you are putting in risk the life of hundreds and thousands of motorists passing through daily on this particular road. The Contractors responsible for carrying out this project in this shabby and filthy way should be questioned and disciplined appropriately. And, you want Mangalore to be considered as the Smart City! What a joke!

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    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Make mobile houses to the Mayor, DC and the MLA and place these houses where there is dust, only then will they realize the torturous situation the residents are under.

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  • Amith, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    That road goes to Doctors colony :) some of the doctors are going like ambulance drivers in that road.. Mayor and corporator both busy in cutting ribbons.. " Road du gu Mann pada du.."

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  • Monthu D'Silva, Somwarpet (Kodagu), Jubail, Saudi Arabia

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Myself a victim this particular Mangaluru, Kadri-Kaibattal road development. And we have no idea when this so called development work will be finished so that we can have some piece of mind and dust free surrounding atmosphere around our building.

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  • Puttur Gururaj, puttur

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Maybe the Mayor is busy writing comments on who is to be blamed

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  • sri, Karkala

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    very beautiful road...
    road to heaven..

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Sri, you are so right. The road further joins Nantoor junction, a spot of several deaths.

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    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Please complete the work before it rains,else kadri-kaibattal road will
    turn in to kadri-kaibattal kambala

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    But digging in Mangaluru city seems like a perpetual process. -A true statement applies to almost all government jobs under any state / central government immaterial of political party top to bottom! It is a malignant disease!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    What is the Mayor doing ...

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  • VM, Moodbidri

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    This is 'DHULU(DUST) BHAGYA' in roads for Mangalore citizens.

    Last time when Siddana visited, these elected representatives where busy giving poses to cameras. Instead of that, he should have ride in these dust filled roads. He could have known the reality.
    Shame on these people. Everywhere banners, flexes, that Bhagya, this Bhagya, there are no proper roads. What Bhagya??. Roads full of potholes, and god save people in rainy season. These rods will look like small ponds in rainy seasons, after water is filled. People will have to come on roads wearing safety jackets. Mangalore people are badly hit, under this state govt. rule. Instead of calling these useless press conferences, attending functions, wasting time and money , some one needs to awake these elected representatives, make them work.

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  • JNB, Bejai-Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    They are busy with digital India,
    Downloading Kissan Aps etc as per PM'S advice ??

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  • VM, Moodbidri

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    It's 'IFFCO KISAN App'.
    First read the news properly, keep updated. Never say something without any knowledge. Half knowledge is always dangerous.
    If these people are downloading these Apps. That's good news, for agriculture background people. That improves their knowledge and keeps updated about latest technologies in agriculture field, and government policies, prices, market information, monsoon info. etc.. All Hail Modi.

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  • arm, ksa

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    No barricades where digging is done. Exposed underground utilities. Safety of Humans and Property taken for granted. We are developing in wrong direction. Broader planing has to be done, before initiating any project. Regular supervision and quality check should be done.

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  • Nirmal, Bejai

    Tue, Apr 26 2016

    Fate of Sankaigudda(Bejai) residents also similar. Road dug for drainage system after almost 10 years of follow-up and now the mud is spread on the road and it is full of dust and dust. Do not know how long it will take to make it dust free for the concerned.

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