Spanking new road, but the utilities don’t match

Chitra V. Ramani
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The Jnanabharathi campus road is smooth .... and dangerous

Touch and go:Speeding motorists are likely to see the electricity poles right in the middle of the road a little too late at night.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Touch and go:Speeding motorists are likely to see the electricity poles right in the middle of the road a little too late at night.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

At last, the roadwork inside the Jnanabharathi campus is nearing completion. With more than 80 per cent of the work done, the road that was once riddled with potholes is smooth and motorable. However, on the flip side, it encourages speeding motorists and lacks pedestrian facilities, especially footpaths.

According to a Bangalore University official: “There are hundreds of people, including students and local residents, who use the road. A few people are now zipping on the road, as the surface is smooth and there are no speed breakers.”

The road, developed by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), still has electricity poles right in the middle of the road. “The stretch is fraught with danger at night as there are no streetlights. Speeding motorists see the electricity poles and other obstructions a little too late and this has resulted in a few minor accidents,” the official said.

Varsity Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda conceded that there was a lot of traffic on the public road inside the campus. “The road development has helped the university. We have been told that it will be completed soon. A host of improvement works, such as putting up barricades near the gates and installing CCTV cameras, will be taken up.” He said the university had urged the BBMP to repair defunct streetlights.

Electrical connections to the streetlights were damaged when the road was dug up for repair. “The BBMP has said the rewiring would cost around Rs. 1.5 crore and asked us to pay half the amount. Since the university cannot afford it, we got another estimate from our engineer for repairs. Just repairs will come up to Rs. 5 lakh. This proposal will be placed before the Syndicate for approval soon,” he added.

Two months more

A senior BBMP official told The Hindu that the development work would be completed in two months. “We have taken up development of the footpath and only a stretch of around 150 m of road needs to be completed. It is only after the road work is completed that we can put in speed breakers.”

The 2.5-km road has been developed at a cost of Rs. 12 crore. The BBMP official claimed that a cycle track along the stretch was also being developed. About the streetlights, he said that the repair and rewiring of the lights was not in the scope of the work taken up by the BBMP. “ BU officials claimed that they cannot foot the bills for the repair. We cannot take it up if the BU does not pay us. As it is, the university’s share of Rs. 1 crore for the work is yet to come to the BBMP,” the officialadded.

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