A protest was held here on Wednesday against the delay in completion of road development works in the twin cities.
Merchants, entrepreneurs and residents residing on either side of the Hubli-Dharwad road took out a protest from Tolnaka to Jubilee circle and later staged a demonstration, against the “prolonged delay” in completing roadwork that began in 2010.
They said it was originally proposed to upgrade the 20 km-stretch between Hubli and Dharwad into a four-lane road to tackle traffic congestion. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. had tendered the works and it was expected to be completed by 2010.
In the meantime, the government proposed to implement the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) in place of the four-lane road. However, neither project is complete, and roadwork has come to a grinding halt.
Passengers and the residents on either side of the road are facing trouble as the projects have been stopped. The half-complete work has made commuting between Hubli and Dharwad a cumbersome exercise, and daily commuters must face a physical and mental disturbance. The government should either start the BRTS project without wasting more time, or complete the road expansion as proposed earlier. It is not in the public’s interest to put off work.
The protesters suggested that four-laning of the road be finished first; the government could later upgrade the road, if it wished to implement the BRTS project.