Mangaluru: Double whammy - MCC first spends on laying road, then breaking it


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Feb 14: It has been observed in most of the cases that the city corporation here begins to dig the concreted road within days of laying them. The people, who get happy at the sight of smooth, concreted stretches of the road, get dismayed when they see the roads getting cut to attend to some repairs. Precious taxpayers' money literally goes down the drain in such cases.

For example, the concreted Kankanady Junction Road between Fr Muller Hospital to Koti Chennaya Circle (Nandigudda) was built by spending Rs 4.5 crore. This road was supposed to be developed as a model road. However, this road has become nightmarish for road users as road cutting has been going on this road since long.

A citizen, A Rajaram, had filed RTI petition relating to this road. It has been revealed that after laying the road, the corporation has spent nearly Rs 13 lac towards rigging holes on this road at 20 places. This figure relates to November last year, and this 1.4 km road was further cut at three places thereafter. Rajaram feels that tax payers money is being drained away in this way because of the lack of planning on the part of the engineers. This is the story everywhere where concreting has been done.

Patchwork at the drilled portion of the road many a time does not properly get set with the road, as a result of which rough patches are left out. These patches impact the strength of the road, which results in the vehicles, particularly their wheels, suffering damages. Moreover there is the danger of accidents. Before starting concreting work of any road, the engineers by now must have understood that electricity, underground drainage, water pipelines and other underground cables should be shifted before concreting work is taken up. As they neglected to attend to this, water, sewage etc can be seen oozing out of different holes on the road now and then. The corporation should study whether this pattern of cutting the road in case of problems is followed all over India.

An official of the engineering section of the city corporation here revealed that main water supply line passes below the said road and therefore, road breaking becomes necessary in case of problems. He confessed that because of funds problem, the pipeline had not been shifted beforehand. This pipeline being very old, it is bound to develop problems, and road cutting becomes imminent.

It may be recalled that in 2013, activists here had opposed the felling of trees for the widening of this road stretch. They also had undertaken online campaigning to save the 'last boulevard of Mangaluru'. Going by the way this road is developing problems, their concern now appears to have been genuine and legitimate.

 

 

  

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    If you have Fake qualifications, then same fate of the roads, like our country is ruled by mostly fake degree ministers.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    If you have Fake qualifications, then same fate of the roads, like our country is ruled by mostly fake degree ministers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    This is called Generating Employment ...

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  • Kiran, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Please come and see Bangalore. All the good footpaths which were built just a year back are being broken to construct new ones in the name of smart city. It looks like city id getting smart and contractor s and politicians are becoming too smart. Just wasting tax payers money.

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  • James, Bendur

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Near Gold finch and near kankanady bypass two drainages were kept open and the drainage water with toilet dirt was flowing on the public roads nearly three weeks. None of the corporaters nor the MLA was bothered to repair it. Now the kankanady bypass drainage is repaired but the road is dug nearly 20 meters and left unattended.
    Definitely there will be some major accidents soon. Every small repair from the contractor till the commissioner gets kick backs. Corrupt corporation.

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  • Yashwanth, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Hi everyone, This is a common thing which happens everywhere in India. In fact this is an income generation scheme for local politicians tied up with road contractors. First a tender is issued by the govt. to construct a road - This tender is bagged by the road contractor who has close association with the local politicians. Road contractor builds the road, later based on some petty issues the road is dugged and opened up creating inconvenience to public. Again because of 'We the people' who complain several times to the local politicians about bad roads, such politicians act as if they are favoring us and assure us that these will be repaired. And again our tax money is once again utilized here to fool us and repair the road and we in return organize big programs, processions and garland such people who make us look fools. This is not restricted to one political party, as its the same with all political parties who enjoy power through our votes. Such things are a common sight everywhere in India. A big local example is the highway road opposite to NMPT.

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  • Dshetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Effects of Reservation. Every body wants Money. One Makes money by constructing other makes money by repairing it.

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  • Linz, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    The government has money to dig newly constructed roads which was also the case in kodikal... But they have no funds only to construct or desilt storm water drains or gutters.. Although the issue was raised to teo political parties no one bothered to address the issue...

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  • Bala, Urwa

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Ivan was in the forefront of the tree saving agitation. As soon as Congress took MCC charge he set his foot back. Both corporation staff and representatives are busy in milking money of this work rather get it done un a proper manner.

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  • Deepakraj56, Mang/dxb

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    This is going on since many years in corporation. Why now getting special spot light. Just because administration changed. For all new administration it will take min 10 to 15 years to clean up the mess created in last 50 years.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    To clean up it takes 10-15 years ? what nonsense..... do you take to clean up your house 10-15 years ? only inefficient will....

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Braking of Fr.Mullers concrete road has become a routine affair. To break, cut or dig the concrete road
    the MCC Commissioner has to come inspect the place and then then accord permission to carry out
    the report work. Why? Let the concerned Engineer inspect and proceed with the job. But in certain cases pertaining to inner concrete roads though water leakage takes places nobody will come and inspect and thus allowing gallons of precious drinking water to waste. Since one month water is being wasted due to leakage of water pipe near our house but no action has been taken so far by the MCC.

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Mlore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Scam...build, destroy, and rebuild scam....everybody is hand in glove in it.

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  • JL, Mangaluru Smart City

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    No problem for MCC, its our tax money ..

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Ideally ducts should be laid just below the 2 sides of the road parallel to the road and interconnecting pipes below the road perpendicular to them so that all the pipes, cables gets are passed through these ducts. There would be no need for digging afterwards. But if the city planning is outsourced to a diploma holder,the citizens suffer.

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  • Ponkra, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    MCC is nothing to loose as they appointed inefficient engineers and school drop out clerks and most importantly politician blessed people inside the GOVT offices ! what you expect from them as the money flow from the tax payer funds and no one is bothered to ask the question as center is ruled by NOT DEMOCRACY !

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    All concerned hand in glove with one another...
    This is going on here since B.C.This is A.D. remember ??
    Corporators,Contractors know each others ABCD....
    Everywhere same Golu....

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    That is the culture of the elected representatives and MCC engineers of our city. What about the road at Falnir the S L Mathias road? Work started about two years ago even acquired land from residents for broadning of the road and now the road is just left like that. When enquired with the corporator they say no council, election and now no mayor, these are the excuses by elected representatives. But the corporation collect tax for the whole year.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    It’s a nightmare for us living in SL Mathias Road . Road is mess , then they have allowed sewage to flow into the storm water drains. The place stinks of sewage and not to forget the heath risks due to water contamination and breeding of mosquitoes. This is the state of our smart city !!!!.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    We hope this doesn't happen to Pumpwell ...

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    to know the best results of our genuine engineer's we need to wait till monsoon. we may need boats for this season

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