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Updated: July 10, 2013 13:20 IST

A road that tests your off-roading skills

  • Chitra V. Ramani
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Pitiful: Heavy vehicles push two-wheeler riders to the side of the deteriorating Dinnur Main Road. Photo: K. Gopinathan
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Pitiful: Heavy vehicles push two-wheeler riders to the side of the deteriorating Dinnur Main Road. Photo: K. Gopinathan

Asphalting on Dinnur Road in R.T. Nagar, Bangalore, is wearing thin, as is motorists’ patience.

Huge craters, uneven surface, loose crushed stones, missing pavements and incessant movement of vehicles… all this on Dinnur Main Road, one of the arterial roads in R.T. Nagar.

This important link between R.T. Nagar and Kaval Byrasandra has deteriorated over several months, much to the chagrin of local residents and motorists.

K. Krishnamurthy, a shop owner, said though the road had been in a deplorable state for months, authorities concerned had not even bothered to fill the potholes. “The road has not been asphalted in at least two years. Only patchwork was taken up last year; even that is wearing thin now.”

He said that the poor road condition caused many accidents. It is particularly harrowing for two-wheeler riders, who almost get pushed to the side of the road by heavy vehicles, he added.

Thankless task

Another shopkeeper, Abdul Subhan, has been doing his bit to prevent accidents by filling potholes. “Just a few days ago, I spent around Rs. 2,000 to fill the huge craters in front of my shop. However, the filling doesn’t last, given the heavy traffic.”

He claimed that neither R. Jagadeesh Kumar, Hebbal MLA, nor the local councillor, Fousia Begum, had paid heed to their problems. “For nearly a month, the footpath stones were removed and dumped on the side of the road. While the slabs have been replaced, the contractors have not cleared silt from the drains below. We fear that this will lead to flooding the next time it rains,” he said.

The worst stretch of the road is in front of White House apartments. The stretch was earlier dug up by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to replace the sanitary pipeline. The road, which was riddled with potholes, has completely deteriorated now, so much that nearly 100 metres of the road is filled with crushed stones.

“I try to avoid this road, as I fear wear and tear of my vehicle. It takes nearly half-an-hour to cover the two-km stretch,” remarked Venkatesh M., an autorickshaw driver.

Blame game

Krishna Swamy, BBMP’s Chief Engineer (East zone), said that other than the potholes, the pipeline repair by the BWSSB had caused the road to deteriorate further.

Ms. Begum’s husband Wajid, who spoke to The Hindu on her behalf, said a package for the comprehensive development of arterial roads in Hebbal constituency and neighbouring constituencies for Rs. 30 crore had been approved by the BBMP council. The work order had also been issued.

“The contractor is dilly-dallying to take up the project. The package includes pothole filling, drain repair, footpath improvement and road asphalting,” Mr. Wajid said.

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First thanks to person who took this in picture.

Its not a smooth ride as which was earlier, its a tough task to ride
any vehicle in that road, as i am an employee in Whitefield company,
the cab changes everyday because no cab driver wants to come to this
place & its everyday issue.

The condition of road is from past 2 years and no one wants to repair
it, even it has been put across to government officials.

from:  Imran
Posted on: Jul 12, 2013 at 11:56 IST

These are not the only roads, please publish HAL Road leading to ITPL the whole strech is a offroading experience i need not visit the jungle.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jul 12, 2013 at 11:49 IST

Ironically many women BBMP corporators are corporators for namesake. It is thier husbands who are at the helm of affairs.

66 years after independence, politicians continue to exploit laws made for society welfare ( reservation for women) and do not care a darn.

The Supreme Court should pass laws eliminating such practises.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jul 11, 2013 at 20:35 IST

It is not the problem in a few places,In Rajarajeswarinagar assembly
constituency,Road, foot path, water,parking places for vehicles all are
in problem and situation is worst.The Member legislative assembly,BBMP
council and officials of BBMP of this nobody having public service
mind.If the Minister in charge conduct a public meeting to hear the
problems and set right the things is welcome.

from:  keerthikumar
Posted on: Jul 11, 2013 at 19:27 IST
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