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Residents call this the road to hell

The unmotarable Bhoganahalli Road in Bellandur ward.

The unmotarable Bhoganahalli Road in Bellandur ward.  

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A river or a constellation of small ponds? Neither, one will find out, after noticing a vehicle or two trying to make it from one end of Bhoganahalli Road to the other. Venturing to do this will prove why regular users call this stretch the road to hell.

Those travelling by four-wheelers experience a rollercoaster ride as the vehicles struggle to negotiate the road in Bellandur ward, while those on two-wheelers have it worse. There is little sense of balance while trying to cross what seem like little hillocks. And with the constant rain that the city has been receiving, no one knows what lies between these elevations. Slushy water has collected in the depressions, leaving no room to figure if the patches are motorable at all.

While regular users include residents of the areas in and around it, the plight of the children travelling to a private school located nearby is something being highlighted.

“The road was hastily laid in December 2014 and it started developing potholes in a matter of a few weeks. The gravity of the problem is multiplied by the fact that builders dump construction material and mud on the road itself. There are more than 100 school buses crossing this road every day and many parents pick and drop their children on two-wheelers posing a threat to them,” said Praveen N., a resident. It is not like the residents, many who live in posh apartment complexes that line one end of the road, have not complained. They have approached officials at all levels, but to no avail.

According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials, plans of the civic body’s Major Roads Department to develop the stretch between Devarabeesanahalli and Bhoganahalli has run into rough weather due to some land dispute. An official said that the BBMP had drawn up a plan for development of the stretch between Bhoganahalli and Panathur and it had been sent to the Urban Development Department.

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