The digging of the road along Mattanchery - Panayappilli stretch has become a precarious trap for the commuters and vehicles alike. The road was dug to lay a pipeline, but it was not filled and tarred after the completion of the work which now poses a threat to commuters.
Ullas, a resident of Mattanchery, said that before the pipe laying work commenced, the road was in good shape.
“Now it is difficult to drive along the stretch. The pipe laying has benefited the people, however, leaving the holes open has given rise to another issue,” he said.
A row of potholes dot the middle of the road along the Mattanchery-Kappalandimukku stretch. A police official said that it has been two months since the authorities left the dug up portion open. “They filled the holes with chipped bricks and metal. But as it was not tarred, the heavy rain wrecked it making the road more slippery,” he said.
As usual the authorities rushed things at the eleventh hour without proper planning. “Such an issue would not have arisen had they completed the work way ahead of monsoon,” Ullas said.
Rs 3 crore was allotted for laying of the pipeline.
Dominic Presentation MLA said that there is no point in criticising the government. “We have dug the road to provide drinking water which has been a consistent demand and issue has been settled.
The government has sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for filling the dug portion. The work will be carried out at the earliest,” he said.
The MLA said that a notice for a short tender will be given in this regard. “We hope to commence the work within the next 10 days,” he said.