Even as authorities are busy with patch work on roads in the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s visit, the service roads of the NH47 near Nettoor is yet to get a facelift. The residents in Maradu allege that though the service road has been causing acute hurdles to people plying through the road, the NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) authorities have turned a blind eye to their woes.
The residents of the area state that they have brought the issue to the notice of NHAI, but no action has been taken to improve the pathetic condition of the road. “The service road near the Agricultural Urban wholesale market at Maradu is in a totally unusable condition. There is no sufficient waterflow through the drainage, which causes flooding even with a drizzle,” said Abdul Majeed, Health standing committee chairman of the Mardu Municipality.
He also added that the accidents are common on this road. “Recently, a teenager died while driving on the service road.
The teenager who was riding a motor bike collided with a vehicle parked on the road. Though it is a no-parking area, the road is always filled with heavy trucks parked illegally,” he added.
Meanwhile the east traffic police authorities denied the allegations calling them baseless. “The accidents on the service road are less compared to the accidents happening on the National Highway near Nettoor. However, we will not allow the parking on the service road. As per the information we have received from the NHAI officials, the service road will be get a facelift soon,” said the traffic official.