Rajiv Nagar residents piqued over battered road, slam civic body

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
13 Jun 2017

If  road network reflects the quality of  life that a city has on offer, some streets at Ward no. 18 in Garacharma-II does not score high on the parameter. Allocation of funds, grandiose promises by the civic body notwithstanding, a 60 metre odd stretch at Rajiv Nagar has managed to give sleepless nights to more than 200 families for the past many years. Current monsoon rains, like every year, has left the pitiable condition of the roads thoroughly exposed as also the apathy of the civic body towards providing basic amenities to citizens.
According to the residents of the area, the road stretch near APWD Water Treatment Plant at Rajiv Nagar has remained a perpetual source of concern for the past 15 years. “Spread out gravel, tar washed out and massive craters at many places along the short stretch make the driving experience not just irksome but also dangerous at times. Incessant rains make the matters worse causing numerous problems to the residents here. Road accidents have become common and many residents have suffered serious injuries in the recent past. Besides, damage to vehicles due to the appalling roads has  increased rapidly. Even school students, women and patients have been suffering a lot due to the poor conditions of the roads here. Repeated requests to the authorities in the Municipal Council have failed to bring any respite for the families here,” lamented some residents speaking to EOI.