Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bus Fells into Pipeline Trench in Ranni

It was a dreadful day for the people in Ranni who were out in their vehicles through Punlar-Muvattupuzha State highway. An unexpected heavy block in Ranni town yesterday really made the people sweat it out inside their vehicles. The block was caused as a passenger bus plying in the Ranni-Kozhencherry route unexpectedly fell into a trench near the Ranni bridge that was created while laying Ranni Major water distribution pipelines. The trench was not properly covered and this caused the bus' left side wheels fell deep into the trench. As a result the bus was in a sliding position and the passenger door was towards the trench which made it impossible to open.

The passengers started panicking and they were taken outside through the small door present near the driver's seat. No serious causalities were reported and the incident caused a huge road block and one could see a huge block on either side of the Ranni bridge. There were huge blocks till Ittiyappara on one side and similar block till MSHSS on the other side.  Fire Force officials with the help of a JCB finally managed to pull out the bus properly from the trench and Ranni CI: T Rajappan and SI: Lal C Baby also rushed to the scene.

Hope that this incident will open the eyes of the authorities and finally do something to cover the trenches properly. There are a lot of similar trenches on the road sides in Ranni and when it rains the trenches gets filled with water making driving and walking on the roads more difficult.

Ittiyappara Bus Stand Struggling with Uncontrolled Waste Deposits

Unscientific ways of waste management has brought the Ittiyappara bus stand in Ranni look like a waste deposit center. The side of the bus stand is filled with wastes that are dumped by shop owners and other people. The waste deposit really gives a heart breaking sight for everyone present at the bus station. The growing number of shops around the private bus stand is another reason behind the growing waste accumulation. At the same time, the authorities are doing little to tackle the issue from their side.

The smell from the waste is something that is hard to bear and people are forced to walk with their nose covered with hands. This is the peak summer period in Kerala and such an issue might result in the development of various diseases and health issues. Those waiting for the bus find it highly suffocating as they are exposed to the foul smell from the waste and garbage.

It seems that the authorities must make sure that there is a system to collect the wastes and garbage from the town and dispose them somewhere else, where it creates less harm to human beings. They can also think of creating a small waste management unit so that the wastes and garbage are properly disposed off. Ranni is one of the most strategic locations on the way to the eastern high lands and such a bad state of the bus stations will tamper the overall image of this place.

Buses from different parts of Kerala arrive at Ittiyappara bus station daily and the sight of the waste and garbage will create a negative impact for Ranni. It is high time that these wastes are removed from here as the schools will open in few weeks and children will also be more subjected to the diseases spread from the garbage.