Bengaluru

Bad roads keep customers away from Pottery Town

The main road in Pottery Town is flooded with sewage and rainwater owing to the civil work on an underground station of Namma Metro, creating a lot of hardship for residents and motorists.

The main road in Pottery Town is flooded with sewage and rainwater owing to the civil work on an underground station of Namma Metro, creating a lot of hardship for residents and motorists.   | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

Artisans blame BWSSB, which dug up the main road, and metro work

Slushy roads filled with sewage and construction on metro lines are keeping customers away from Pottery Town where craftsman fashion earthen lamps (diyas) for the festive season.

Artisans blame the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), which dug up the road for sanitation works.

“But the project has not been completed,” said Chandrashekar, an artisan. “During Deepaval season, we expect more customers. But due to the bad condition of the main road, people cannot bring their cars or bikes near our shops. After the civic agency dug up the road, even the drainage got blocked following incessant rains. Pedestrians find it difficult to walk here when it rains due to water-logging on the road,” he alleged.

Around 60 families work and sell their earthen wares in Pottery Town.

“We have been selling our products here for decades, but this Deepavali seems to be the worst. Customer footfall is down,” said another craftsman.

Kemparamaiah, engineer in chief of BWSSB, said he will instruct officials to address the issue as early as possible. The road has been dug up to provide better underground drainage system in the area.

People are also worried whether they will be able to work in Pottery Town due to metro work. In May, several artisans and their families had protested against Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for an attempt to acquire their land for underground metro work. BMRCL officials claim that they have minimised acquisition plans.

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