Udupi: Wanted - Some space for the foot, please!

Udupi: Wanted - Some space for the foot, please!

Sheeja Moodubelle
Pics: Umesh Marpalli
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SM)

Udupi, Apr 10: There are footpaths in the district, but peculiarly, they are hardly available for pedestrians but are used for various other reasons such as parking or for setting up petty shops. Hawkers also occupy the little space, and the state of the footpath prevents people from using it.

Any free space on the footpath seems like an invite for beggars to encroach upon for their business, especially near bus stands and bus stops. Most of the time, pedestrians are forced to jaywalk and dodge vehicles to survive.

The absence of appropriate zebra crossings in the city is a menace to the pedestrians. For example, when vehicles wait at a traffic signal, they tend to stop over the pedestrian crossing instead of before it which in turn leads to accidents.

It has been seen that the government spends crores of rupees on road development but they are ignoring basic facilities such as safety for pedestrians which includes better footpaths and road crossings.
Devraj, a government official, speaking to Daijiworld said, “It is not just about vendors carrying out their business on footpaths, even the public are to be blamed for creating a mess on the roads.”

Lalitha, who works with a private organization, said, “People tend to park their bikes on the footpath and the police have not taken any action in such instances.”

Ganesh Barkoor, a chartered accountant, said, “Governments impose tax on people to invest the money collected for the benefit of the people. So, they should naturally consider projects that provide the maximum benefit.”

“To them, a good city is measured by wide roads, not footpaths. They are not concerned with the safety of the community,” he added.

Gangamma, from Bijapur, said that concern should be shown at least near government hospitals and surrounding area.

“They should have proper footpath facility. My daughter is admitted at the government hospital near CMC. I was about to slip and fall on the road as the difference between footpath and the road is so high and I was in a hurry to get food and medicines,” she added.

Many of the people said that some of the slabs that are broken must be replaced to create a better walking path. They said that people’s representatives never forget to make promises but most of the times forget to keep their promise.

The people also opined that along with mandatory, broad, and clean footpaths stricter application of traffic laws is needed to ensure that zebra crossings and footpaths are used for pedestrians and hence prevent jaywalking.

However, all said and done, now with the election code of conduct in place, people of Udupi will have to wait for at least a month or two to have their demands fulfilled, if at all.


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  • gerald, modankap

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    This is not because of any parties or politicians here !! because we voters should know our rights first and then blame the poleee teee ceee aaan


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  • siddarth, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Hampankatta signal is suppose to be the Heart of the City . But the traffic lights there are worse than those in afganistan

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  • Syed, Udupi

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    If Mr. Ponnuraj was DC of Udupi, We will not see these days. All credit goes to politicians for this pathetic condition of Udupi roads.

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  • Irshad Shaikh, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Daiji, Thank you for highlighting such an important issue.
    Udupi is not a planned city at all. There is no car parking/foot paths/zebra crossing right from Taluk office,fish market(now moved),diana circle,alankar theatre,service bus stand,city bus stand. Trafiic signals work some time and some time cattles can be seen moving on the roads. But I dont blame BJP for this, infact BJP has done some good work for Udupi in recent years. Also the previous DC Ponnuraj brought changes to Udupi.
    Whatever it be I love udupi.

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  • Doris Pinto, Classic Harmony Apartnments, Balikashrama Road, Kankanady, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    This encroachment is happening even on Balikashrama Road, Kankanady. Vehicles coming to MAK MALL are found parking on this narrow road. A few Auto drivers park their auto's on the road in front of KMC Ladies Hostel and then drive KMC buses. The Mangalore Traffic Police should stop this and clear the footpaths of vehicles on this road. besides this the Corporation sweepers light fire of dried leaves on the footpath and action should be taken against the Corporation supervisor for allowing this menace.

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  • ravi shetty, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Jossey you are right congress is fit for cleaning roads.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    and BJP fit for toilets......

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  • Thomas, Dubai, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Indian politicians have built more paths in the swiss bank than footpaths.
    Corruption kills the nation!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Karnataka Politicians prefer Mauritius.....

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  • Pamy, shirva

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    Ms. Moodubelle. There are no proper buses for transportation in moodubelle...wat is the point in talking about footpaths...?

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  • Mohammed, Surathkal/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    What a pity, when we Indian's stop fighting or blaming on each other. As per my point of view (differs from person to person) most of the politicians (Rare of rare to find a genuine person) are the sailors of the same boat, its POLYTRICKS they use their tricks to benefit their selves not for the society. Better to choose the right candidate not the party at least who can do something good for the society.

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  • Shan, Udupi/ UAE

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Good concern, keep it up. well prepared and explained.

    Keep it up Daiji
    Keep it up Moodubelle

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  • Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 10 2013


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  • Vishal, Belman

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    I think this is not only in Udupi, but i have seen in many places in karnataka.Some foothpaths are occupied by others to carry out their business,some are used to parking and most of them are not good for anything. They construct foothpath not for the use of public instead by giving tendor to a contractor ( who's does a half job) and fill their as well as contractor's pocket.Another important thing which i have noticed is, we people never use foothpath instead we too enjoy walking on the main road.

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  • abel, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    The article is not talking about politics or the coming election but this is a good effort to create awareness among the public about the rights of pedestrians...

    Good work Daiji and Sheeja, pls keep the good work

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  • Dr Kiran VSA, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Great initiative by Daiji. Please post more such articles about public life affecting aam admi. Everybody forgets about aam admi. Foot path or Drainage system is never a priority for PWD. Civil administration is inside AC Chambers If only media highlights these issues only authorities will wake up.

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  • stan, dubai

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    We are desi. foot path is English word. walking on the raste is kannada word. We BJP people support only our words.

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  • SM, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Thanks Daiji for creating a social awareness.People in India have left to other countries for a better future just because of the mess that is created in India. Most of the places in India have become a mess for shopping , driving and riding , Garbage lying in all corners, dust on roads, veichle pollution releasing black smoke, , burning of Garbage , spitting on footpaths, no zebra crossing etc . i too have seen that MCC will spend for footpaths but end of the day these footpaths are taken over by road vendors to sell their stuff and people use them to park the veichles post to which people walk on the road and get knocked down by veichles. End of the day we Indians are like Kings in our own houses but an Animal on the road .No discipline and no respect to each other .In short , there is no quality life for Humans or Indian Citizens in their own country .

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  • ruchi, udupi

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Jossey Sahab, dont get carried away for everything that happens, come to udupi and see the development of the BJP, I am not their fan, they can't win some awards for nothing, congress was in power in the udupi CMC they made a total mess and now they again they have got the mandate, but they dont have a leader to lead, udupi citizens are no fools to elect the BJP for 45 years, all have enjoyed the fruit, we cant sideline the good work they have done atleast in Udupi, the congress can never do that and watch out they will never do, now yeddi/Reddi problem has haunted BJP, plus the RSS tag on fundamentalism or they have not done bad in the last 5 years, what has the congress done, wish for sure the congress well , but development in udupi BJP should get full credit for that

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  • Sathish Poojary, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Dear Daiji, Thank you very much for your social responsibiliy.. great article.. hope politicians will respond to this or at least people should respond to these traders & politicians. its strange that some guys are trying to get political advantage by balming one party ! in fact intention of the article is to claim our right regardless of our political affiliation..Hope responsible readers will not paint daiji's article with political color unnecessarily.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Typical attitude of Indian adminstration and public works. I always feel sad about the edges of the roads and footpaths. For politicians and govt officers it is not a concern at all. Hope Udupi gets a dictator or DC like Bharat lal meena or Ponnuraj to the shape called FOOT PATH. Public awareness and frequent above news clips will help improve such important aspects of our district.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Development works frozen until assembly elections. Congress will win the elections with majority and clear all the mess done during BJP governance.

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  • Gopala, UK

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    I think building foot path is not a profitable business for the political parties

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    Mr.Jossey..I agree with you (no other option) because BJP will be on Footpath this time..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    BJP has left the footpath work to CONGRESS.......

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