Resume road-widening work: vedike

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike on Tuesday threatened to launch an indefinite fast in front of the official residence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa from February 15 if the State Government failed to restart work on widening of roads in Gulbarga city and initiate measures to widen the railway underbridge on the Old Jewargi Road.

Office-bearers of the vedike, led by district unit president Arunkumar Patil, submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister, to Regional Commissioner Rajneesh Goel expressing their ire against the “failure” of the Government to continue work on widening 30 roads in the city.

The memorandum said that lack of basic infrastructure, including wide roads, storm water drains and pavements, was one of the reasons for Gulbarga city to remain backward. Many industrialists and entrepreneurs were refusing to invest in the city owing to lack of good roads.

Mr. Patil alleged that a few vested interests were pressuring the Government against going ahead with the road-widening work.

He warned that if the work did not resume before February 15, members of the vedike would launch an indefinite fast.

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