Ignore the Pun. It wasnt a funny thing. a schoolbus fell into the overflowing Phalguni river near kaikamba. This is the road that i have often passed on the way back home via moodbidri. Most people had the misconception that the old bridge from british times was near what the accident happened. well it was not. the accident actually didnt take place on the main road but on a side road that you can barely see from the bridge. That evening when we passed by we saw the crowd far away. the side road starts at a dwara around 200 mtrs from the bridge on the mangalore side. The river which had swollen way too much due to the torrential rains hitting the state. The nearby fields and other area had all been taken in by the River. The river which is so thin during summer was now atleast 10 times the size. it is understandable that the driver couldnt see the road from the river. it was raining too. and there’s no barrier differentiating the river and the road.
what really makes you retch is the fact that there is hardly any development in that area. The british built bridge is still standing. it doesnt allow 2 buses to pass each other simulataneously. politicians come and go. politicians havnt improved the side roads but they sure jumped at the idea of arriving at the venue of the accident and being “concerned”. no one knows how many were actually travelling in the bus on a day when other buses had a strike. we passed by some houses of bereaved families. police vans were dispatched there. i saw 3. On the eve of our Independence day.. indeed this is the true story.
as we climbed higher into the mountains I saw how the rain had caused havoc….
Happy Independence day!