KARNATAKA

Bagalur road will be rebuilt: Sangliana

BANGALORE, OCT. 7. H.T. Sangliana, MP for Bangalore North, said here on Thursday that 11 km of the Bagalur Road would be widened and rebuilt at a cost of Rs. 84 lakhs.

The road was used by residents of three taluks: Yelahanka, Devanahalli, and Hoskote. When rebuilt, the road would be 5.5 metres wide, he said. Speaking to presspersons, he said: "I want to use my MP's Local Area Development Scheme funds in a meaningful way. Puja for the roadwork will be on November 1 and the work should be over in six months. I want to make it a model road and will take it as a challenge. The media can regularly monitor the work."

Bagalur Road did not come under any major Central scheme and was not part of the road leading to the international airport at Devanahalli either, he pointed out. It had remained neglected for years together despite the heavy traffic on it.

Mr. Sangliana felt the Mayor's announcement that the railway overpass at Lingarjapuram would be ready for traffic by the month-end or in November need not be disputed.

Media criticised

Mr. Sangliana was critical about the media, which, he felt, was sterner with him when he was the Bangalore Police Commissioner. "Every murder and major crime then used to be splashed on page one; now it is relegated to a corner of an inside page. I don't see why the media should be so lenient now," he said. "Criminals will have no fear of the police unless you wake them (the police) up," he remarked.

`No evidence'

Mr. Sangliana, who visited the shelter for destitute women run by the Missionaries of Charity near Kozhikode in Kerala earlier this week, said on Thursday that he did not find any evidence of the sisters carrying out conversions.