Mangaluru: Unique protest – Residents float paper boats in pothole on road


Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP) 

Mangaluru, Aug 17: Angered by the negligence of the department concerned towards a dangerous pothole that has been posing danger to road users near Pandith House Junction on Mani-Ullal road, members of Vijaya Games Team (VGT) staged a protest by floating paper boats in this huge pothole on Friday August 16. 

The tar of the road had peeled off at Pandith House Junction even before the rainy season started this year. Since the rains began, the hole here has been getting bigger and bigger with passage of time. The VGT group members said that the pothole has now acquired the form of a swimming pool.

They point out that thousands of vehicles use this road every day, and several accidents have occurred here because of this pothole and a number of two-wheelers have been falling across the road after their wheels dive into the pothole. They mentioned about the accident which happened on August 14 in which a scooter carrying a couple and their two children had fallen into the pothole, injuring all the four. 

VGT team members, condemning the apathy owned by the public works department and local representatives towards this pothole, duly overlooking accidents happening here on a regular basis, symbolically protested by launching paper boats in the water accumulated in the said pothole. 

Speaking on the occasion, president of this team, Guruprasad, said that his team had tried to cover the pothole with stones and mud many a time but these efforts went waste. He said that water gets accumulated here again and again, and pothole emerges repeatedly. "An underground drainage has been built near this spot. As that drainage vent has been blocked by mud, water gets accumulated on the spot and gives rise to the deepening of the pothole. Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike and VGT had submitted complaint about this pothole to the municipal commissioner of Ullal municipality but nothing has been done so far to address the situation. We have staged symbolic protest today. If the pothole continues to exist, we will resort to stronger forms of protest," he warned. 

Rajgopal Pandith House, Raghavendra, Mitesh, Jitesh, Dhanraj, Manohar, Bharat, Ganesh, Akshay, Rajesh and elderly activist, Raghava Poojary, were present.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Aug 18 2019

    Can anyone tell Mr Guruprasad ,that only stones and mud doesnt help to cover the potnole but professionally close it .First completely close the road and work done.otherwise vehicles pass during construction and doesnt workout.He gives simply excuses ,instead do it professionally.

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  • vijay p, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 18 2019

    Einstein one said "two things are infinite...one is universe and other is human stupidity". And he was right.

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  • VALERIAN RODRIGUES, UJIRE

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    HOW BSY AS CM CAN DRAW ATTENTION ALONE ON LIKE THIS ISSUES?

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    In spite of being the most civilised and educated city Mangalorean civil engineers have miserably failed in designing tar roads that can withstand local conditions. A brand new road becomes unusable within a year. Is it failure of civil engineering or is there something much more to it? Can someone throw light on this situation?

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Mangaloreans are very happy living with pot hole filled roads, absence of footpaths and lack of parking spaces. They are only worried about naming the roads, whether it should be Mulki Sunderram Shetty road or Aloysius road.

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  • Alphonso Dsouza, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    PRECURSOR TO SMART CITY.

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    This all because of you GUYS who given free hand to the contractor who directly connected to the politician he get the commission for the TENDER release ! and no time for anyone to check the quality of work because almost all the PWD is controlled by JD s supremo DEVEGOWDA and go check any PWD engineer his surname is ending with GOWDA !! \


    Actually HASSAN is considered as BHIHAR OF KARNATAKA

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  • Iota, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    In Panambur, not paper boats but real boats can be used

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Really a modern way to protest to alert the authorities.

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  • Peter Menezes, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Area is just come out from heavy rain and every one aware of the damages caused. The number of people gathered to do the mockery show in case brought one stone each to fill the pond on the road would have solved the problem temporarily

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  • Umesh Rao, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    If you read the article, you will notice
    that the locals have already tried to fill the pothole with stones/ mud etc but it has not helped and the problem Keeps recurring.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    When good things happen they put posters of Modi and Nalin.... Why dont they do same when bad things happen "" all credits should go to them right??

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  • mithesh Kumar, Dakshina Kannada

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Yes your rite.... We are planning to put one big flex of our MLA U.T Khadar.... Because he is also traveling on the way.... Even has not taken any action regarding this issue....

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  • aqqi, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Mangalore to Moodbidri karkala Road is one of the worst road ...........know one speaking about that

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Managalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Better to sail a ship. Such a big pot-hole. what the Paanchayath /Mcc authorties are doing? Who is responsible for the accidents?

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Neither Modi & Co. nor Nalin is responsible for these potholes! It is the lowest bid corrupt contractor who should have been named and made to roll in the pothole.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    99% responsibility of the person (Engineer) who approved the quality work and
    1% responsibility of the person who recruited this Engineer without engine....

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  • George, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    Good work by the residents of this area.
    Wish some one donates and takes initiative to construct concrete road here.
    It will be named in his name.

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