Manholes Mar the Middle of the Road
A hellish experience awaits motorists crossing the road at Khade Bazaar in the city, due to sheer negligence by the local authority. A major commercial area, Khade Bazaar sees the maximum number of vehicles and is known as the busiest street of the city. There are six manholes and one hole for water valves in the middle of road, in a distance of just 100 meters on Khade Bazaar road, near Ganapat Galli cross.
The city corporation constructs manholes for maintenance of public utilities such as sewage, water valve adjustment, cable inspection and other purposes, usually by the roadsides. But on this busy road, the underground infrastructure is constructed right in the centre, near Potdar Jewelers showroom, uncaring that they may be creating obstructions for smooth movement of people. The problem, though, has arisen because they are not maintained property. Officials maintain that since the manholes are on level with the surface of the road, they are not a hurdle for motorists. Ironically, the PWD section of the BCC has failed to look after them, and from a distance, they look like potholes but at a closer distance, these are dangerous pits half-a-foot deep.
Prasad Tendolkar, a shop owner on this road, said it is commonly seen that motorists who are not aware of the depth of the manholes, falls off Biles and sustain injuries. The hole for a water valve is always leaking. These problems have been brought into the notice of the concerned department in the BCC but no measures have been taken.
Laxmi Nippanikar, executive engineer, BCC, said manhole work on this road was taken up after the master plan was drawn up about one decade ago. After maintenance work, workers did not complete work to close the manholes properly. “Repair work will be taken up shortly,” she said.