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VIGILANT CITIZENS: Residents and members of various organisations protesting against the action of the KUWS&DB staff, who dug up a recently asphalted road near the Circuit House in Hubli on Tuesday.
VIGILANT CITIZENS: Residents and members of various organisations protesting against the action of the KUWS&DB staff, who dug up a recently asphalted road near the Circuit House in Hubli on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

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HUBLI: It was the best example of failure of coordination between government departments and the residents had to stage a protest to bring it to the notice of the higher authorities.

Less than a week after the Circuit House road in Deshpandenagar was asphalted, the staff of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS&DB) on Tuesday dug up the road, which invited the wrath of the residents.

As soon as the news spread about the digging up of the road, residents of the area along with members of the Jagruti Yuva Vedike rushed to the spot and staged a protest.

When Umesh Doshi and Subhash Singh Jamadar enquired with the officials concerned about the need to dig up the road, for digging the newly laid road, they reportedly said they had to repair the leaking water pipeline. But the residents of the area complained that even before the road was asphalted, they had brought to the notice of the board about the leak in the pipeline. But no repair work was taken up, they said.

On getting the information, the are councillor Firdous Konnur arrived at the spot and found that the board had not taken permission from the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation for digging up the road.

The officials of the Water Board and the Chief Zonal Officer of the corporation reached the spot and there was heated exchange of words between the protestors and the officials.

The board officials assured the residents that they would restore the road to its original condition.

The corporation officials warned the board officials of stern action if they did not keep their promise.

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