Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Acting swiftly on the objection raised by Shantinagar MLA N.A. Haris for increasing the height of the road while remodelling a storm water drain at Brigade Road-Residence Road junction, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday lowered the precast reinforced cement concrete elements to the level of the road.

Mr. Haris had made known his objections to Urban Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar when the latter visited the construction site on Monday.

The BBMP engineers had fixed elements at about 0.4 metres to 0.5 metres above the existing road level and that had created an undulating terrain.

Mr. Haris, while pointing out that such a terrain will disturb the road alignment besides affecting the movement of vehicles, suggested either to place the pre-cast elements deeper into the soil or reduce their size to match them with the level of the road.

Mr. Kumar had instructed the engineers to take necessary action after discussing the matter with Mr. Haris.

Following this, the BBMP engineers early Tuesday removed the precast elements installed on Sunday and reinstalled them after deepening the trench.

Now, the BBMP engineers said, there will not be much difference in the level of the road but repairing the existing utility lines below the elements or laying new ones would be a difficult task as it may require further cutting of the road.

Meanwhile, traffic movement around Brigade Road area is likely return to normality on Wednesday as the BBMP is expected to complete the drain work and asphalt the road on Wednesday.

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