A 3-kilometer road in Ramamurthy Nagar has been left un-asphalted which makes life miserable for residents and commuters. Only half of TC Palya Main Road is motorable. It was dug up by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for the Cauvery water pipeline work a few months ago and has not been tarred yet.
Resident and commuter at Raghavendra Circle say “It’s been six months that this work has stopped. This unrepaired road also adds to the dust pollution discomfort. Though they have put the pipeline there is no water yet. This road causes huge traffic congestion in the morning and evening hours. Two-wheeler vehicles have a great risk of skidding and falling on the uneven road”.
The BWSSB says that a 900mm pipeline has been laid down to supply Cauvery water to 110 villages but the waterline. The PRO of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) M.Manjunath said, “Regarding Ramamurthy Nagar, BWSSB has laid down the pipeline, the work is completed from our side and reconstruction of the work has to be done by BBMP. BWSSB has sanctioned Rs.92 crore to BBMP for the restoration of the roads in Bangalore.”
The Chief Engineer of Road Infrastructure (BBMP) S.Somashekhar says the work yet to be completed by BWSSB “In some places, BWSSB has left out work without ending, like they have to construct manholes at a particular location and also connectivity is pending, fixing of water walls is pending. That is why the road has not been restored at that particular location.”
But no work seems to be in progress from either of the department on that road. Urban planner, Dr.V.Ramesh, emphasizes that the BWSSB and BBMP must work together.
He said “I think this is a procedural delay. The procedure starts with the clearance from the department. There is a blame game there, if BBMP has to do then they have to go by procedures they have to finalize tender they have to give it to the contractor, so I see this is as a procedural delay.”