Kottayam: Potholes are a nightmare for travellers. State Minister of Public Works the other day counted 2,200 potholes on Alappuzha-Changanassery road during a journey. Sudhakaran is expected to travel through Kottayam district soon and has warned that officials cannot escape censure offering excuses like rain. Meanwhile, people's representatives in the district have counted 498 potholes across a few major roads.
202 on Kanjirapally-Mundakayam NH
There are 202 potholes on the national highway in the 15 km from Kanjirapally to Mundakayam. The count was done the leadership of Kanjirapally panchayat member Rijo Valanthara. These potholes have appeared after the National Highway department levelled deep pits using Shelmac, solution for pothole repair. The department has moved to level the new ones.
Seven potholes can be seen from Kanjirapally AKJM School to Kurishunkal Junction. There are eight from Kurishunkal to Petta junction. From there to Edapally junction one passes six potholes.
The count is 72 from Parathode to Chotti Junction and 35 from Chotti to 31st Mile Junction. From the 31st Mile to Mundakayam there are 74 potholes.
283 on Vazhoor road
A 9-km stretch from Changanacherry railway Junction to Perumpanachi has 283 potholes. Madapally panchayat member Nidhish Kocheri led the count.
The strip between Railway Junction and Parel church has 11 potholes. The approach road to the railway overbridge which was opened just an year ago has two.
The tar layer has completely come off on a kilometer of road between Kurishummood to Valiyakulam.
There are 53 pits in between Estate Padi and Thengana, in a 2-km stretch. Thengana Junction was declared a model, but now has 19.
One has to pass 34 potholes before reaching Perumpanachi. From there to Poovathummood there are 26, though some levelling was done recently.
13 on Punalur road:
The count of potholes is 13 from Ponthanpuzha to Manimala on the Punalur-Moovattupuzha road. Only patch work is done here, making travelling all the more miserable.