Trivandrum: The road leading from Pazhavangadi to Sreekanteshwaram Jn is narrow and is accessed mainly by two wheelers and three wheelers. The stretch runs parallel to the Pazhavangadi Thodu, which could probably be the most polluted water stretch among the city canals.
Every year, a pre-monsoon sanitation drive is held in the city, which is carried out with the supposed intention of cleaning the city before the monsoon showers to prevent the outbreak of epidemics. This year too, the pre-monsoon sanitation drive was launched with much fanfare, but the promised waste treatment plants and incinerators are still on paper.
However, on the upside of the poor monsoons, the city was spared the probability of an epidemic outbreak.
The Pazhavangadi Thodu passes through some key areas in the city like Thampanoor, Pazhavangadi, Vanchiyoor and Pattoor, to finally discharge into Amayizhanchan Thodu near Kannamoola. Naturally this canal bears the highest density of waste among the city’s canals. During the pre-monsoon sanitation drive held every year, the stretch of the canal between Pazavangadi and Sreekanteshwaram Jn gets cleaned using JCBs, only to have the removed waste dumped on the sides of the canal walls.
This year, during the cleaning drive, a part of the narrow road running parallel to the canal also got dug up while the waste was being excavated from the waters.
“It has been more than two months since this happened. The debris left behind in the road is causing minor accidents everyday. Yet, so far, no one has really bothered to do something about it,” says a shopkeeper in the area.
The two entry points of the barely four metre wide road carrying two-way traffic has been barred with police barricades to keep off motorists from opting for the stretch. But it doesn't help much, as two wheelers and even three wheelers still continue to ride through.
While the public is being made to go through distress and danger, the city corporation is blissfully unaware of such an incident.
“I don't know if anything has been mentioned to any of the councillors, but we are genuinely unaware of the situation,” says Deputy Mayor Happy Kumar.
Of course the stretch is hardly a vital link in the city road system and could afford to remain overlooked for any period of time, till all the bigger issues concerning the city get settled, such as the garbage crisis, the monorail, the Thampanoor bus terminal and so on.