Surat: Residents in Mota Varachha resorted to a unique way for highlighting their issue of bad roads.
They made a rangoli around the pothole that has formed on the newly constructed cement concrete (CC) road. Locals shot videos and photos of the protest that went viral on social media.
Earlier in the week, locals shot videos with a scooter’s front wheel stuck in a hole that was created due to a small portion of road caving in.
Mota Varachha is a developing area where new civic infrastructure projects and private construction projects are coming up . The existing population of the area is around 2.50 lakh. Majority of the residents use VIP Circle to Sudama Chowk Road and a CC road has been developed on the stretch for Rs 52 crore.
However, the residents are not happy since the CC road has developed cracks and potholes. Following the protest by locals, civic authorities started work to repair it.
“Not only tar road but potholes have come up on CC road as well. We wanted to bring it to the notice of people and top officials, hence we did a rangoli to highlight it,” said Vijay Mangukiya, a resident.
“The CC road was constructed around 20 days ago. We were happy that the area got a CC road that is durable and a better option in the type of roads. But in a short time, there are potholes and cracks,” said Naresh Virani, a resident.
Meanwhile, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) started work to repair the road and washed the rangoli with water.
“The damaged road leads to accidents and recently a motorcycle rider got killed. The poor construction quality of the road is the result of corruption,” adds Mangukiya.