Last week, Abhijith, a 21-year-old law student from NUALS, lost his life in an accident on the Alappuzha-Chertala National Highway Bypass. He was trying to avoid a pothole on the road when he lost control of his bike, hit another bike coming in the opposite direction, and came under a lorry. His friend Kenneth (22) was critically injured and admitted to a private hospital in Ernakulam. Those who were travelling by the other bike also sustained injuries and were admitted to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital.
The terrible state of the Alappuzha-Cherthala National Highway Bypass has turned it into a death-trap, with Kalavoor and Kanjukuzhi junctions witnessing a lot of accidents over the last few years.
But this is not the only problematic road in this region. Parts of the Main Central Road (MC Road) and the national highway connecting Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam are a nightmare for motorists.