Bangalore: When the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) took up asphalting of the pothole-ridden Sanjaynagar Main Road about two years ago at a cost of Rs. 5-crore aid from the World Bank, the residents of the locality were looking forward to a smooth ride on the road connecting Bellary Road and Hebbal Ring Road junction. But, their hopes were short-lived as the work was not only delayed by several months, but also executed shoddily by the contractor.
The residents did not wish to remain mute spectators to the wanton waste of the tax payers money and the consequent denial of facilities due to them. Hence, they mobilised themselves under Sanjaynagar Residents’ Welfare Association and lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta. They also convened a public meeting for which the Lokayukta Santhosh Hegde was the chief guest and registered their strong protest against the shoddy execution of road work.
The Lokayukta, who took their complaint with the seriousness it deserved, despatched a team of engineers to verify the quality of road work executed by the contractor identified by the BBMP. After a thorough evaluation, the team of engineers concluded that the quality of road work was sub-standard and reported the matter to the Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta summoned the BBMP engineers and gave them a dressing down, holding them accountable for the “serious lapses” in road work. “Soon, we saw a huge improvement in the quality of work. The pace of work also gathered steam and road was asphalted”, said President of Sanjaynagar Residents’ Welfare Association Satyamurthy.
“The entire stretch of 4 to 5 km of Sanjaynagar from Bellary Road till the junction at Hebbal Ring Road presented a great sight”, said Mr. Satyamurthy. “Unfortunately, the same road has now been dug up by the BWSSB authorities for laying a water pipeline”, he added with a note of regret.