Nagpurians are gearing up for the coming festive season, but are afraid of possible accidents on the roads. Looking at the condition of the roads in the Smart City, absolute care is necessary. The first to come is Ganesh Festival, for which the idols are carried by individuals and Ganesh Mandals. With restrictions on the size of the idols removed carrying them to the selected spot is an ordeal.
Breaking or Ganesh idol or even a crack is considered a bad omen by the people. This possibility has increased with a large number of potholes on the roads, including the much publicised cement roads. The bad condition of roads is not limited to any particular area. Almost everywhere in the city, the condition is more or less the same.
The majority of idols by Ganesh Mandals are purchased from Chitar Oli, Mahal and carried to distant places in and around the city. The ongoing construction of roads has caused damage to entry into lanes on both sides. The bumpy journey may even deter Lord Ganesh, who is called the ‘Vighnaharta’.
Tall claims of the civic authorities of repairing roads, and filling up ditches on the roads were an eyewash, as most of the ditches re-appeared following a few spells of rains.
The stone dust came to the surface and spread on the road, making the vehicles skid easily. The manner in which the roads were constructed and potholes repaired, poses a serious question about the integrity of the contractor and the civic authorities as well.
Big potholes are emerging with every passing day making it difficult to manage the journey through it.
A study by Nagpur Traffic Police in the year 2021 on the cause of road accidents revealed that almost 55% of accidents occur due to wrong overtaking, fault of drivers, and bad road conditions. A recent survey by the Traffic Police has identified 170 traffic congestion spots in the city.
Here are some of the pictures of roads in city that need immediate attention: