Beltangady, Januaary 3: The Shiradi Ghat road has been closed for developmental works and alternative roads for the movement of vehicles have also been announced.
But it is said that the construction materials are not yet dumped by the road side although they were instructed to do so well in advance to complete work on time. It is doubted that before the onset of monsoon this year, whether the road repair and development works will be over.
Traffic was blocked since afternoon on Charmadi Ghat road on the very first day itself since too many vehicles switched to traverse on this stretch, as this road is narrow. A long queue of vehicles ranging to 30 km was formed.
Cops from Banakal and Beltangady stations struggled to clear the traffic and make a way for smooth flow but reckless drivers and narrow, curved road kept traffic jams recurring.
The concerned department has failed to take advance measures like widening of roads, clearing the weeds, posting enough policemen to manage the traffic, and clear heaps of mud collected by the roadsides.
In order, to overcome problems of passengers on Upppinangady and B C Road stretch, D K district deputy commissioner, A B Ibrahim, has directed the divisional controller of KSRTC- Puttur to run buses on Uppinangady-Nelyady-Shiradi-Gundia route and also on Uppinangady-Mani-B C Road and Mangaluru. He said this arrangement is made for the benefit of passengers and students who suffer due to shortage of buses since buses bound for Bengaluru are diverted from national highway-75.