BWSSB-engineered road conditions now causing accidents

Looks like the pitiable condition of St. John’s Road and Veerapillai Street is not likely to improve anytime soon. These two roads have been in an abysmal state ever since the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) replaced the sewage pipes in 2010.

Though the work was completed a year ago, neither the BWSSB nor the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) bothered to repair the roads. This has become a major headache for the residents and commuters, as the poor condition frequently causes accidents.

Hazardous commute

The road surface is uneven on Veerapillai Street, making commuting hazardous. “It is difficult for us to ride/drive on this road. We often take alternative routes even though they are circuitous,” said an autorickshaw driver from the area.

It gets worse when it rains. “During the recent rain, an autorickshaw met with an accident here,” said R. Balasundaram, a local resident. And when it doesn’t rain, dust from the roads compounds the problem. Manjushree Nursing Home here often gets patients suffering from ailments triggered by the dust. “There are many people who are suffering from breathing problems caused by the dust,” said local resident Mohammed Farid. And, like elsewhere in the city, garbage is a problem here. Festering mounds can be seen in many spots, creating an unhealthy environment for residents. Much of it is just dumped on St. John’s Road and not cleared for days on end. And as a symbol of civic apathy, a lone garbage truck — in a state of disrepair — has been parked at the end of the road for several months now.

Sampangiramanagar councillor M. Gopi had assured the residents in August that the roads would be repaired within a fortnight, said B.S. Susheela Rani, director of the nursing home. “Residents here wrote to the BBMP Commissioner apprising him of the poor road condition in July this year,” she said, and added that nothing had been done.

Emergency grants

Mr. Gopi told The Hindu he had sought funds from the emergency grants from the then BBMP Commissioner M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda and Special Commissioner K.R. Niranjan. “The estimate for the work is ready. The tender has to be floated. If all goes well, the work will be taken up in December,” he claimed.

The local BBMP engineer also maintained that the estimate was ready and work would be taken up in the 2012-13 budget.

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