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Drive at your own risk on this road

The state of Valmiki Road in Mysuru has gone from bad to worse after it was dug up to lay pipes to divert sewage flow. — Photo: Anurag Basavaraj

The state of Valmiki Road in Mysuru has gone from bad to worse after it was dug up to lay pipes to divert sewage flow. — Photo: Anurag Basavaraj  

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Driving on Valmiki Road in Mysuru is like going on an adventure trip on the toughest terrain. This was how adventure enthusiast Deepak Solanki reacted to the dismal condition of the road.

Valmiki Road, which happens to be a key thoroughfare connecting the busy Hunsur Road and KRS Road, has gone from bad to worse with the local authorities doing little to repair it.

Incidentally, the residences of the Regional Commissioner, Mysuru, judicial officers and staff quarters of CFTRI are located on this road.

The condition worsened after the road was dug up to lay pipes for diverting sewage flow from areas like Paduvarahalli into the Kukkarahalli Lake.

Inevitably, the people are left to endure a back-breaking drive. A slight mistake and vehicle users could end up with broken bones.

The onus is now on the Mysore City Corporation (MCC), which laid the pipes, and the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), which has taken the responsibility of relaying the road.

MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah told The Hindu that the authority had issued the work order for asphalting the road and is waiting for the MCC to repair the uneven road.

“We can take up work immediately on a portion of road, but we want to finish the work at once. The MCC has agreed to repair the road soon,” Mr. Palaiah said.

However, MCC Commissioner C.G. Betsurmath said, “The MCC has done its work. It is now the turn of MUDA to asphalt the road”.

Mr. Palaiah and Mr. Betsurmath, nevertheless, agreed to come up a plan to develop the road.

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