Gaping potholes on Kochi roads put motorists at risk

Danger lurks within the type of gaping potholes on innumerable roads maintained by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Public Works Department (PWD), and the Kochi Corporation, regardless of the Kerala High Court repeatedly pulling them up “for failing in their duty to ensure safe mobility to motorists and pedestrians in Kochi city and its suburbs.”

While exhorting two-wheeler riders to be further cautious whereas driving via metropolis roads, Foji John, a socio-political activist, mentioned harmful potholes stared at highway customers on nearly all carriageways. “Most instances of motorists and pedestrians sustaining injuries after falling into potholes do not get reported to the police. Only fatal incidents are reported, following which agencies go the extra mile in repairing a few potholes the very next day. Timely repair work can avert most such accidents,” he mentioned.

NH Bypass

The scenario is such that potholes abound even on the 16-km Edappally-Aroor NH Bypass and its service roads, though the NHAI collects hefty toll from motorists utilizing the congested hall. Sources within the company attributed it to a mixture of non-execution and delayed execution of preventive and pre-monsoon upkeep work by the company which was entrusted with the duty of operation, upkeep, and toll assortment within the hall.

Mayor M. Anilkumar attributed the shoddy situation of a bulk of arterial roads within the metropolis to delay on the a part of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), and different companies in finishing trenching work in a time-bound method. “Even worse, the KWA failed to do temporary restoration, including for pipe-laying work done under the AMRUT project. It must work as per a timeline, at least from the forthcoming working season beginning October,” he mentioned.

On the situation of innumerable facet roads that the Corporation maintains, he mentioned directions had been given to officers to prepared a listing of roads that wanted pressing resurfacing/patch work at the zonal degree, in order that they might be attended to in a speedy method. Another checklist of roads that want common upkeep shall be readied. A working contract mannequin has been deliberate on this regard, he knowledgeable.

Roads and bridges maintained by roads, bridges and NH wings of the PWD are the worst maintained in Kochi. Officials within the company attributed it to the delay in finishing trenching work by the KWA, KSEB, and different companies and improper restoration and inordinate delay in getting the State authorities’s administrative sanction to award restore works. “We need at least five to seven days of sunshine to complete patch work, laying of paver blocks, and resurfacing,” they mentioned.

Special Correspondent , 2022-07-22 02:09:42

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