Photos: Abhijith N Kolpe
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (ANK)
Mangaluru, August 15: Expressing outrage over the death of a youngster in Bikarnakatte in an accident, social activists handed out prizes to winners who shared videos on various civic issues in the city. A prize distribution took place on Monday August 15 at the spot where Aatish lost his life trying to escape a pothole near Bikarnakatte.
In the past, social activists have continuously posted civic issues in Mangaluru on social media to get the attention of the district administration and people’s representatives. On August 5, a 20-year-old engineering student lost his life while trying to escape a pothole near Bikarnakatte.
The public was outraged at the increase in pothole deaths and the negligence of the local administration was clearly visible.
Social activists staged a unique protest by holding a contest to share videos relating to civic issues in Mangaluru. Videos of drainage issues, roads and potholes were shared on social media, and accordingly winners were declared and prizes were given away.
The first prize was awarded to GK Bhat who got Rs 5,000 and the second prize was won by Deekshith Attavar who collected Rs 2,500.
Consolation prizes were awarded to Ansaruddin Salmar, Yogesh Nayak and Sanjana Bhat who received cash prizes of Rs 1,000 each.
MG Hegde said: ‘We are not happy to hand out the prizes and the winners are not happy to receive them, but the competition is part of a scandal over local government negligence which has caused the death of ‘Aatish. When the potholes are small, the relevant authorities neglect them and later turn into a huge pothole. The elect must face the heat of their neglect. We can find many unscientific works such as posts on the sidewalks and railings obstructing the zebra cross.
Sunil Bajilakeri said: “The municipal corporation blames NHAI for the pothole. Whatever road falls within the boundaries of the MCC, it does not fall under the NHAI. The MCC will be responsible for this. Local representatives build concrete roads near highways and install huge flex. Elected officials face the heat and blame the NHAI for it. »
Prasanna Ravi said: “Aatish’s friends are protesting holding placards but a few elected officials are silencing them. None of the representatives have visited Aatish’s residence so far. On the eve of Azadi ka Amruth Mahotsav, the MP is busy traveling by boat and celebrating it. Aatish’s residence falls under MP Dr Bharath Shetty’s constituency while the crash area falls under MP Vedavyas Kamath’s constituency. None of them visited Aatish’s house.
MCC takes over roadwork from NHAI when big guns visit town
Prasanna Ravi alleged that the MCC blames the NHAI, but when high level politicians visit Mangaluru, the MCC itself takes the initiative to fix the national roads in no time.
Prasanna Ravi interviews corporators
Prasanna Ravi said: “The mayor had issued a statement urging the public to send photos of potholes to a WhatsApp number for it to be fixed quickly. What about corporates? What is their role ? Corporates can spot potholes in their neighborhoods and draw the attention of the mayor or relevant authorities.
“You can see the elect celebrating Raksha Bhandan. Even Aatish has a younger sister. Does anyone feel their pain on Raksha Bhandan day? she asked.
She further alleged that Aatish’s friends planned to hold signs during the Independence Day celebration, but a few silenced them and asked them not to display them until the end. of the celebration of Amruth Mahotsav.
What if Aatish was killed by a Muslim?
Prasanna Ravi said: “Just because Aatish lost his life avoiding a pothole, none of the chosen ones visited his house. If Aatish had been killed by a Muslim, then delegations of elected officials would have visited his home and announced compensation ahead of the election.
The winners declared that the money they won for the contest will be used for a social cause.
Six months after the repair, the service road in Bikarnakatte becomes pathetic
The service road adjacent to the Bikarnakatte flyover was in a pitiful state filled with potholes. Repeated calls from residents to fix the road have fallen on deaf ears. In February, a board was planted with a collection box to collect money to repair the service road adjacent to the Bikarnakatte flyover.
On February 28, Labor Minister Nithin Gadkari organized an event in Kulshekar. Therefore, immediately the local administration showed up to patch up the service road. After six months now, the service roads have become pathetic and full of potholes.