No doubt, driving in Udupi-Manipal road is a nightmare

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Udupi; Sept 10: It is pathetic to see the untravelworthy condition of the road on Udupi-Manipal route. From tiger circle and syndicate circle, road has completely damaged at tiger circle, Manipal bus stand, area in front of the Manipal Post office and Syndicate circle.

Even on NH 66, parts of Kallianpur-Santhekatte to Udyavara stretch, which passes through Udupi, have also been damaged.

The most damaged areas on this stretch are Kallianpur-Santhekatte Junction area, Ambagilu, Karavali junction, Ambalpady junction and Kinnimulki junction.

Around 116 kilometers of roads coming under the jurisdiction of Udupi City Municipal Council are in very much deteriorating condition, according to CMC.

Driving on these portions is a nightmare not just for two-wheelers but also for auto rickshaws and busses.Raghavendra Nayak,an auto driver in Manipal says that he is always praying God that they be freed from driving on potholed roads.

He further says that the Tiger circle-Syndicate circle stretch was asphalted just five months ago but now the condition of the same stretch is unbelievable with so many potholes almost on all parts of entire stretch.

According to Soujanya Kumar, another auto driver says that not only passengers but also pedestrians are also at risk. When driving on potholed road or bad roads, the jelly stones could splinter and injure pedestrians, he says.

Lakshman Poojary, a city bus driver says that driving on potholed roads is an irritation.”Despite intense competition among city buses, we have to drive cautiously. If anything goes wrong, people blame us. Potholed roads also increase maintenance costs, he says

Shanthraj Aithal, a retired engineer and trustee of Udupi consumers Form and an author of a book Raste Purana says that since there are continuous rains for three months, some leniency could be shown to the authorities. But it would be better if good quality asphalt which can sustain rains is used.

Since the number of vehicles in Udupi and Manipal has increased substantially, the thickness of the asphalted road should be commensurate to the vehicular density, he says.

Hole in NHAI’s court

CMC Commissioner Srikanth Rao says that the CMC has drawn up an estimate of Rs 1.4 crore to repair the 116 km of badly damaged roads in the city, which would be sent to the deputy commissioner for approval. The repair work will be taken up shortly, he said.

Since the Tiger-Syndicate circle stretch in Manipal comes under Public works department (PWD) and the Santhekatte-Kallianpur-Udyavar stretch comes under National Highways authority of India (NHAI),we have urged them to take up the repair works M.Rao said.

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