should We walk ??
- the word suggests a place where persons traveling by foot usually
tread on. If Bangalore is famous for its dug up footpaths, Mangalore
city is famous for its missing footpaths! This week we look at
the footpaths of Mangalore where you need to watch where you step!
is the footpath on Ganapathy High school road near Hotel Srinivas.
In this path where pedestrians are supposed to be present, a huge
electric transformer has established itself as if to direct the
pedestrians to take the road or get electrocuted trying to wriggle
through the foundations of the transformer!.Another Huge transformer
is just about 50 meters away from the above spot opp. The janatha
Bazaar near the Ganapathy High School Gate…God save the kids studying
Most of the places we see the footpaths have either been occupied
by the footpath vendors or by owners of large multistoried buildings
who cannot find a place on their plot to dump the construction
materials! The parking lots of Some of the buildings which were
in the site plan approved by the MUDA seem to vanish once the
building is transferred from paper to reality! and so all the
vehicles to such buildings find themselves occupying the footpaths
much to the inconvenience of the people using the footpaths!
of the footpaths of Mangalore have been intruded into by shop
keepers as in the market road and by hawkers selling anything
from footwear, flowers, electronic goods etc. The problem is severe
as sometimes it feels safer to walk on the middle of the road
rather than on the footpaths……for these hawkers harass poor passerby
to purchase their wares.
there are the roads which seem to be hungry for more space and
seemingly have eaten up the footpaths like near Bendorewell circle,
jyothi circle where the express busses in their never ending hurry
do not hesitate to tread onto that little path on which we would
feel safe, walking!
there are the foot paths at lalbagh where many a families in transit
from farway gulbarga etc have made a home… the MCC is building
new footpaths at places where there is not much density of people
traveling by foot as at ladyhill. Very often the slabs of cement
covering the footpaths are opened up to clear any blockade of
debris in the drains below them or to repair some telephone cables.
But the job of removing and re-fitting those slabs of concrete/
granite or filling up the trenches seems to be too much for the
contractors assigned with this work that they either end up breaking
the slabs or not covering the footpaths so that the next time
they are given the work of cleaning the drains they can save on
MCC needs to directs its attention towards this anomaly so that
the pedestrians are spared from saying their prayers while walking
on these foot paths so that atleast if we cannot have decent roads,
let us have good footpaths!