Coming out against the apathy of the authorities regarding the pathetic conditions of the roads in the city, the Ernakulam District Private Bus Operators’ Association have urged the concerned officials to make the roads motorable for the commuters as well as the vehicle operators.
According to M B Sathyan, the general secretary of the association, fresh cracks and holes have appeared on roads which were patched up by the authorities prior to the monsoon season.
The road at Palarivattom Junction, Banerjee road and Shanmugham are witnessing terrible wear and tear ever since the rains started. Small holes have developed into gaping holes at Ernakulam’s busiest Junction, Vyttila.
“It is becoming extremely difficult to navigate the buses through the road leading to the Vyttila Mobility Hub. Also, the entrance and exit points of the hub have developed potholes making it difficult for buses to be smoothly navigated through the route. We demand that the officials concerned take the necessary steps to make the roads motorable,” he said.
The road in front of the GCDA office leading to the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor stadium is also becoming filled with potholes. Since the vehicles can only be manoeuvred through the route slowly, it leads to traffic congestion.
The bus operators demanded that steps should be taken to repair the U-turn at the Kaloor-Kathrikadavu stretch as this is also leading to traffic congestion.
The approach road at Thoppumpady BoT bridge and Edappally RoB which witnesses a huge flow of vehicles on a daily basis is in a pathetic condition. Even though the Edappally RoB is connecting to the National Highway, no steps have been taken to mitigate the issues there.
Water logging and gaping holes are creating difficulty in the route, especially during night when roads are barely visible. Meanwhile, even though the road in front of the Kochi Corporation office is in a dilapidated state, neither the Corporation officials nor the PWD authorities have taken any concrete steps in this regard.