At Magadi road, residents demand a permanent solution to potholes

Magadi Road near Kamakshipalya

Magadi Road near Kamakshipalya   | Photo Credit: G_P_Sampath Kumar

Residents and commuters have been waiting for four years — since the M.G. Road to Mysuru Road stretch of Namma’s Purple Line became operational — for agencies to improve the condition of roads from Krantiveera Sangolli metro station towards Magadi Road. The roads around Magadi Road metro station are also deteriorating.

“The junction near Magadi Road metro station is covered in a cloud of dust during peak commuting hours. With all the technology and machinery we possess today, it’s a shame that potholes are filled with loose gavel,” said A. Neelkanth, an employee of a private company.

Though certain stretches of Magadi Road were repaired and restored, potholes have always reoccurred, claim residents and motorists. With the recent rains, motorist, especially two-wheeler riders, say that some stretches have become difficult and dangerous to manoeuvre.

Residents have demanded that the civic body provide permanent solutions for infrastructure problems.

“Even though the work on potholes has commenced, it is a temporary fix, as the craters simply re-appear during the next rains,” said Sridhar K., who has to use the road every day.

Others said that the commute puts them in a bad frame of mind, and they return home tired and angry.

Traffic police, who bear the brunt of motorists’ anger, are at their wits’ end. “We have complained to the BBMP many times regarding the pathetic condition of roads. We have complained in person and through various platforms, including Sahaya app and Fix My Street app. Nothing has changed and there is no response,” said a policeman, who also lives in the area.

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