Municipality letting motorists down

2018-06-27 06:00
While some roads have been repaired since being reported on, roads like Deccan Road still remain in the same condition they were left in by municipal workers.PHOTO: byrone athman

While some roads have been repaired since being reported on, roads like Deccan Road still remain in the same condition they were left in by municipal workers.PHOTO: byrone athman

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MOTORISTS in Northdale, Raisethorpe and Allandale claim they are suffering thanks to a large number of ditches left unfilled on city roads. According to the municipality, these ditches are due to the replacement of aging pipe line infrastructure. Unfortunately, the ditches have not been properly covered, much to the dismay of motorists.

Newholmes Way, Balhambra Way and Deccan Road are just some of the roads that have left motorists questioning which routes they should use to avoid damaging their vehicles.

Many roads were temporarily filled but, due to the rain, these temporary fillings have washed away, leaving large holes and ditches in the roads that have motorists swearing as soon their car tires hit them.

“Every day is a struggle between which roads we should use and, regardless of which direction we take, we still face these messed up roads on our way to work,” said Shalin Naidoo, who added that there isn’t a route to work that doesn’t have shoddy roadwork.

According to residents, they have been told that the municipality was replacing aging water pipes and that these areas would be covered up properly but, to date, they have seen nothing done to repair the mess that was left behind. Previously, theMaritzburg Fever reported on a massive ditch that was dug up on Deccan Road however, upon inspection of the area, it was found that the ditch remains, despite numerous queries to the municipality.

“They [the municipality] do not care about us and our complaints. We must just suffer and pay for any damage incurred to our vehicles,” said George Lutchman, who said that he had suffered a flat tire after trying to go over one of the ditches.

While some of the reported on roads have been repaired others remain in the same terrible condition.

The municipality failed to respond to various queries sent through by the Maritzburg Fever.

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