The shaky path

Broken pavements

The shaky path

When monsoon arrives, the City has to brace itself against a number of hazards, some of which are the overflowing garbage on roads and stinking sewages. Apart from these, one cannot overlook the long line of broken and unmended pavements in the City. Come rains and these pavements become unseen traps for pedestrians. 

If one walks down Koramangala fifth, sixth and seventh blocks, they can see pavements with no slabs or broken ones aplenty. From the Forum Mall signal, towards Bethany School, they can get familiar with the uneven, loose, broken and sometimes even missing slabs on pavements. This is also a common sight near Jyoti Nivas College and Apollo Cradle Maternity Hospital road.

They have been in the same state for over a year now and no official action has been taken to improve the situation. In many places near seventh block, Koramangala, pedestrians can be seen avoiding the footpath and using the road to walk. This puts them in the path of danger as these roads are always busy with speeding vehicles and rash motorists.

Monica Katoch, a resident of Koramangala sixth block, shares, “It is difficult for pedestrians, especially when it rains, to walk on these footpaths. Even if there is a light shower the dented pavements get clogged with water and people have no option but to walk on the roads.”

These spots have also turned into instant waste bins for passers-by, who carelessly dump waste as and when they are crossing these gaps. If this continues, it will not take long for the footpaths to turn into flowing trash cans. Moreover, in the dark hours, many pedestrians have fallen victim to these rugged pathways as they trip and fall into them, severly hurting and bruising themselves most of the time. Now, people are apprehensive about using these paths, especially at night.

“During the day, we somehow manage to walk past these footpaths but as it becomes dark we have to use our cellphone torches to navigate our way. We can’t see anything and it gets really difficult,” Shilpa, a student, exclaims.

Most of the pedestrians are of the opinion that since these pavements are so mangled, they have to put in extra effort and walk faster in order to save and reach their destination on time. Since a lot of schools and colleges are located in and around Koramangala, students and their parents have complained to the authorities, but no immediate actions have been taken.

Jaya S, another resident of Koramangala, says, “There have been so many times when my friends and I have spotted people tripping on the uneven slabs. They have to ultimately get down on the road and walk. I don’t have a vehicle and mostly walk through Koramangala, and it is upsetting to see that we cannot use the footpaths, but bikes are able to ride comfortably on them.”

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