Pathetic Condition of Roads in kerala

#1 Oct 3rd, 2007, 13:05
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Dear Friends,

It's just a warning on the condition of roads in kerala,
Due to the continuous and heavy monsoon this year, the condition of major roads in kerala is pathetic.This year monsoon was almost 60-70% higher than the long term average rainfall in many districts.

Most of the highways, NH17, NH47 etc; are in very bad shape,The repair work of roads are also interrupted due to the continuous rain. So those who are planning long distance travel in kerala please take train services, or you can opt for a roller coster ride at a cheap price in private/ksrtc buses followed by a good ayurvedic massage

One interesting thing is that many interior roads are less affected and in good condition.

Since monsoon has finally bid a farewell this year, we can expect roads to be in good shape by November.
#2 Oct 3rd, 2007, 13:12
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useful info.sreejith - pathetic condition of roads also not only in Kerala! Some of the worst roads I have travelled are Hubli - Hospet, Pathankot to mcLeod Ganj, Shekawati region, Rajasthan, and many roads in South India...the last due to monsoon damage.
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You should come and see the roads in Hyderabad now
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I'm going to kerla tonight, that too in a bus and I'll have to travel through the worst affected road, the westernghat section.

So,if I survive this trip, certainly I'll plan for a hyderbad tour somewhere next week.
#5 Oct 7th, 2007, 11:30
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Originally Posted by sreejith View Post It's just a warning on the condition of roads in kerala, Due to the continuous and heavy monsoon this year, the condition of major roads in kerala is pathetic.
It is correct that the roads are very poor. However, the repair works are progressing quickly.

The reason for the state of the roads is not just the extraordinarily heavy and prolonged monsoon rains. The road repair companies are contributing to the yearly deterioration of the roads. These companies, who are also engaged in other types of construction, tend to leave major repairs to just before the monsoon. Consequently, the roads wash away during the monsoon because they haven't had time to "set" properly. This means that the companies will be able to gain new, lucrative contracts for the following year. And so the circle continues forever.

Also, outdated techniques are being used in road works in Kerala; 4 crore Rs. per kilometre four lane road is spent by the National Highway Authority of India when constructing roads. The Keralan Government spend a maximum of 50 lakh for similar road types.

Additionally, it is estimated that only 10% of the funds going into road works in Kerala is used for this purpose. The rest is spent on paper work, falling into random pockets etc.

Now the question is how long the extensive repairs being carried out at the moment will last.
#6 Oct 7th, 2007, 12:41
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...until the next rains, of course!

The patch-it-up mentality almost certainly costs much more in the end!

The only small stretch of Indian Highway I can comment on is the East Coast Road between Chennai and Pondicherry: excellent condition! And mercifully free of heavy traffic, which will probably help to keep it that way. I hope.

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