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Mayor sets deadline for road repair work

BBMP workers go into overdrive to clean up Mysore Road at the Gali Anjaneya temple junction just before the Mayor’s inspection in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

Potholes and huge trenches; damaged water and sewage pipelines and footpaths that are obstacle courses. Motorists and commuters, who use the roads where the Namma Metro construction work is on, have no option but to put up with these irritants.

Mayor Sharadamma has now given Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) up till September 25 to repair the roads that have been reduced to a deplorable standard owing to the ongoing metro construction.

During an inspection of several arterial roads, including Mysore Road, West of Chord Road, Mahakavi Kuvempu Road and Chord Road, Ms. Sharadamma was appalled at the abysmal condition of the roads and footpaths. “How can you inconvenience the public so much? The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is bearing the brunt of public anger at the city's crumbling infrastructure,” she said.

Lambasting the BMRCL officials, Deputy Mayor S. Harish directed them to take up road repair works at all the stretches immediately. He sought to know why the roads along metro construction sites were in such a deplorable condition when the carriageway opposite the Vidhana Soudha and High Court were maintained so well.

A high-level coordination committee has decided that the BBMP and the BMRCL will share the road repair cost equally. To repair roads damaged along Reach 1, we will need Rs. 4.2 crore. The civic authority is ready to take up road repair work as soon as the BMRCL deposits its share of the funds to the BBMP's account, he said.

“If the road repair work (i.e. filling of potholes) is not completed by September 25, we will not allow BMRCL to continue construction work in the city,” he threatened.

Captain Dodihhal, Chief Engineer of BMRCL, claimed that they also faced a lot of constraints, including lack of coordination between the various civic agencies such as the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

Shifting of utilities

Earlier, Ms. Sharadamma, Mr. Harish, Ruling Party Leader B.R. Nanjundappa and Chamarajpet councillor B.V. Ganesh took the BWSSB and Bescom officials to task for delaying the shifting of utilities on Mysore Road. “The utilities have to be shifted on a war footing. It is due to the inordinate delay in doing so that the BBMP is not able to complete the road widening project. We can asphalt the stretch only after the utilities are shifted,” said Mr. Nanjundappa. He has given the civic agencies up to September 30 to shift the utilities at least to an extent of 300 metres.

Desilting

The Mayor also inspected the desilting work in the drain next to Gali Anjaneya Temple and directed BBMP officials to complete work within a week. She told the officials to relocate the sanitary pipeline that runs across the vent of Bapujinagar bridge, as this was affecting the flow of water in the drain. Officials were told to create an additional vent, which would help mitigate overflow of the drain in future.

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