Open manholes turn death traps in Kolar

Open manholes turn death traps in Kolar

Open manholes that dot several streets in Kolar pose a threat to pedestrians and motorists.

Sewage overflows from manhole in Kolar. DH Photo

Sewage flowing from ill-maintained manholes and the unbearable stench emanating from them has made the lives of residents and traders miserable.

The problem is further aggravated by the incomplete stormwater drain work, which had begun in the City three years ago.

Though the Water Supply and Sewerage Board has constructed manholes and covered it with lids in several layouts, several manholes remain open due to unfinished asphalting work. Thus, jeopardising the lives of people.

Open manholes have obstructed vehicular movement on P C Layout and other streets in the City.

As the authorities concerned have not made any efforts to cover manholes, children, aged and others are forced to navigate their path cautiously.

Road-widening work on MB Road has hit traffic badly and the problem is further accentuated by open manholes.

Moreover, traders are finding it very hard to transact business owing to incomplete road work, dug up roads and stench from puddles of sewage.

Protest

Traders on M B Road had staged a protest, a month ago,to highlight the problem to the authorities concerned.

CMC members, PWD and health officers who arrived at the spot assured of addressing the problem at the earliest.

“The officers who promised of immediate action have not returned to tackle the problem. The apathy of officers concerned is evident,” rued residents.

If the problem continues to persist, the protest will be intensified, they added.

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