Special Correspondent

The work was scheduled to be completed by March-end

Shortage of labourers, lack of raw materials contributed to the delay

SHIMOGA: The slow pace of widening works of BH Road here has come in for criticism.

The first phase of the concretisation of the road between Ashok Circle near the KSRTC Bus Stand and the Ammer Ahmed Circle was scheduled to be completed by March-end. But even half of the work is not completed.

The delay in the completion of this work has been causing inconvenience to the people and it does not appear to be completed before the onset of the monsoon if the slow pace being maintained in the execution of the work is any indication.

The road has been dug up for the second phase of the concretisation between Meenaxi Bhavan and Tunga Bridge and it is apprehended that the things might worsen during the monsoon.

A 60-year-old Shivappa Nayak Market Complex in the Ameer Ahmed Circle was razed for the construction of an ultra modern shopping complex. The work on the new market complex has been delayed.

The big pits dug up at the Meenaxi Bhavan Circle and Gayathri Mangalya Bhavan for road widening may prove to be a potential threat for pedestrians if they are not filled up before monsoon sets in.

It is stated that shortage of labourers and lack of the raw materials and machines has contributed to the delay in the completion of the work.

The construction of buildings of new educational institutions is going on simultaneously reportedly utilising the same men and the materials particularly the concrete mixers at the cost of the road widening work. The model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha elections is also reported to have delayed the implementation of the works taken up.

Taking note of the inordinate delay in the completion of the road widening of the BH Road, District Nodal Officer M. Lakshminarayan expressed his anguish over it at the meeting recently at the suggestion of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. He took officials concerned to task and warned of stern action if they did not complete the work on priority.

It remains to be seen if the ongoing works would be completed expeditiously when they are expected to come for discussion at a review meeting to be addressed by Mr. Yeddyurappa on Thursday.