Mangaluru: Mangaluru city has been chosen to be the next smart city in India along with five other cities from the state by the Union Urban Development Ministry under the smart city project. Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has been devising plans in collaboration with town planning experts and agencies to make the city smart in the next five years at a cost of Rs 1000 Crore.
It sounds interesting from any angle and none will oppose the idea simply because the city one lives in sees overall development to make life better for all its citizens. However, in the process of cleaning the frontage can we keep the backyard dirty?
When Newskarnataka’s photographer went round the town, he found gaping holes in infrastructure in the central areas of the city.
MCC Commercial Complex, Kadri
Interlocks were used to give facelift to the commercial complex owned by Mangalore City Corporation located in Kadri. They had fixed flouting conditions around three months ago but again the anomalies have already started popping out. After spending huge amount of money in city beautification projects, if they fail to sustain for a minimum period, who is benefiting, question irate shop owners in the complex and regular visitors.
New Congress office gives rise to a dump yard
Not very far from the complex is the City’s Congress office which was inaugurated by the State Chief minister around three months ago. The portion of the road was cleared before his visit to project a clean image of the city and the area where the office is located. The entire stockpile (of waste) was dumped nearby to create new heaps and huge trenches. With city corporators preoccupied with mayoral elections the civic woes will remain pending for few more months atleast.
Kadri bus-shelter is quite near to congress office. Neither the buses stop here, nor the people wait here! The stench from the nearby fish and meat market only adds to the problem. However, few rest in the shade,for reasons well known!
The bus-stop is at Mallikatta, which is again not too far from Kadri bus-stop. The bus-stop which collapsed during road widening process some months ago has not found firm-footing after that. People waiting for buses in scorching sun end up cursing elected representatives and officials in charge of city’s civic affairs. Petty shop owners, who have encroached upon the area around collapsed bus-shelter, are not complaining for obvious reasons. Citizens deprived of basic amenities after paying taxes is depressing, said an elderly citizen from the area.
Life threatening potholes
When it comes to potholes in the city, the saga never ends! After concretisation of city roads, potholes should have entered the pages of history at least in a city like Mangaluru . Sadly, digging and re-digging on concretised roads laid recently has become a regular feature, baffling all residents and regular travellers. The works being carried out in places after inauguration of concretised roads to fix pot holes clearly exposes poor planning, waste of public money and above all, never ending inconvenience.
Water Supply link Chamber in front Jimmy’s super market is a fitting example!
Disturbed by the series of accidents, noise pollution during traffic blocks and associated dangers to two wheeler riders and pedestrians, the Citizen Welfare Forum and Tulunada Rakshana Vedike have jointly decided to lodge a criminal complaint against the Manager and the MCC junior engineer.
When Newskarnataka.com exposed a dangerous gaping pot hole in its columns few months ago, Mayor Harinath intervened quickly to set right the problem. With his tenure likely to end in the next few days, options are running out for road users.