Daijiworld Media Network- Mangaluru (VP)
Mangaluru Feb, 9: The road accidents in Mangaluru have reached their peak, resulting in numerous fatalities and leaving many with lifelong injuries. The Bondel to Padavinangady road hosts prominent schools such as St Lawrence and MGC, catering to students from primary to PU levels, with a significantly high number of students. Rash driving in these areas has posed problems for students and the general public alike. Along this road, there are also landmarks such as the St Lawrence Church and Koragajja Temple, where large numbers of devotees gather.
In recent years, Daijiworld media had urged the deputy commissioner of police to install barricades near St Lawrence Church and School after witnessing many children and senior citizens struggling to navigate the street. However, whenever a politician arrives from the airport, the barricades are removed and not replaced, causing inconvenience to many. In the past 24 hours alone, there have been nearly three accidents on the Bondel to Padavinangady road, with approximately six accidents occurring each month.
When questioned about these accidents, a resident of Bondel remarked, "The road planning seems outdated. There are too many cuts, and those familiar with the route can anticipate slopes ahead. However, those unaware may encounter serious problems if traveling at high speeds." Another resident added, "The diversions are unnecessary. Drivers from Kerala may not be aware of these small diversions, leading to loss of control when encountering oncoming traffic. Removing some diversions and installing speed bumps on internal roads could mitigate this issue."
A nearby shopkeeper also shared, "Yes, we are aware of the recent accidents. Just days ago, a vehicle accident occurred right in front of our shop. Although we are unsure of the details, CCTV footage clearly shows a car speeding into the parking space and colliding with another vehicle." Another shopkeeper echoed the concerns, stating, "Road accidents are becoming increasingly common, almost a daily occurrence. Crossing these roads is unsafe for children, especially at night. We urge the authorities to address this issue promptly and ensure the safety of our community."