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Rain takes its toll on city roads

Ramesh Susarla

Stop-gap measures will only worsen the situation, says expert


Miraculous escape for a motorist at Subbalakshmi Kalyana Mandapam

Laying good base for the road is a prerequisite, he says


Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

Danger ahead: Pedestrians and motorists treading warily on a bad stretch of road from National Highway to Pithapuram Colony opposite Jana Sikshan Sansthan at Maddelapalem Junction in Visakhapatnam.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation could not feel relieved even when incessant rains that lashed the city during cyclone Jal abated as there been have several spells of rain in the past one month totally damaging 35 km. of roads.

Approach roads from National Highway No.5 into any colony be it Seetammadhara, MVP Colony, Dabagardens or Akkayyapalem, Marripalem, or a distant Gajuwaka and Madhurawada 100-feet Road are not motorable today with large pools of water and mud stagnated on roads.

Two days ago, a two-wheeler rider had a miraculous escape from death at Subbalakshmi Kalyana Mandapam on Dwarakanagar-New Colony Road. Worse is the situation of road on the one-way traffic portion from Dondaparthi Junction to Srikanya Junction while passing through Akkayyapalem and New Colony.

Patchwork

Adding insult to injury is covering small pot-holes with gravel or soil temporarily, that was further putting at risk the condition of roads as the holes would further get widened. According to former R&B Chief Engineer Quality Control D.V. Bhavanna Rao, use of soil and gravel should be totally stopped on all types of roads, but majority of contractors and engineers were continuing the practice.

“This leaves the patchwork unstuck to the original road giving scope for immediate damage at the same place within no time, incurring loss to the Government agency,” he told The Hindu. Unless the place was dry and totally treated for removing even small amounts of gravel or soil, before carrying out patch-work or relaying of the road, good results cannot be expected.

Laying good base for the road was a prerequisite, which had not been done on majority of roads in Andhra Pradesh, he observed. This entailed repeated expenditure on repair works giving an impression to public all this smacked of scam and corruption, but was sheer waste of public money.

GVMC Chief Engineer P. Jairami Reddy said that immediate restoration works on main roads would be taken up from Monday and the amount of damage was assessed at Rs.12.5 crore. “We have asked the State Government sanction of Rs.63 crore inclusive of Rs.12.5 crore to carry out all restoration works in GVMC jurisdiction as side retaining walls had collapsed at some places and relaying was needed at other places,” he opined.

Immediate patch works would be taken up with GVMC general funds for the time being, he added.

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