Fed Up of Potholes on NH 66, Lady Home Guard Fixes Road Herself
Padmavati waited for labourers to come and when they didn’t show up, she took up the job herself.
While the National Highway authorities turned a blind eye to potholes on the National Highway 66, Padmavati a home guard, who reports to Kulai traffic police, took up the job herself. Thanks to Mangaluru’s Nikhil Pai, she has become a social media celebrity of sorts.
The craters in front of the Baikampady Industrial area used to cause major traffic blocks and made it difficult for people driving on the road to take a U-turn. Padmavati decided to fix the road herself.
Viral on Social Media
On Saturday, Nikhil Pai, who runs the Deepak Petrol Pump at Baikampady in the outskirts of Mangaluru, spotted the home guard filling the potholes with no one to help.
The authorities had laid roads just before the monsoons, which are known to be heavy in this part. A week after the monsoons hit, huge craters were formed.Nikhil Pai, Petrol Pump Owner
According to Pai, Padmavati had approached the authorities to repair the roads, but her requests fell on deaf ears. She later asked them to provide her with the material at the least.
She was doing the task National Highway Division officers are supposed to do. This pothole is instrumental for roadblocks.Nikhil Pai, Petrol Pump Owner to The News Minute
Pai gave her some water and snacks and left the place. Later he put up a post on Facebook that went viral.
No Help Provided
Padmavati told Bangalore Mirror that she waited for labourers to come and when they didn’t show up, she took up the job herself.
There are three potholes in that particular spot and since vehicles move at a high speed on the highway, accidents are bound to happen. In a nearby area, work on a bridge is going on. We asked the authorities there to drop some asphalt and fill the pothole. Unfortunately, they dropped it a bit away from the actual spot and I decided to fill the same. We had asked them to provide labourers, but since they did not come, I went ahead with the job.Padmavati, Home Guard
(The writer, Sarayu Srinivasan works with The News Minute.)
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