This is like a runway’, exclaimed Vivek S, an Amruthahalli resident rubbing his eyes in disbelief.
He was referring to the road to his apartment which has been given a fresh coat of tar.
The government seems to have suddenly sprung to action as in both BBMP Ward no 7 and 8, roads that have been neglected for the last four-five years, are suddenly being spruced up.
The reason is the Byatarayanapura MLA, Krishna Byregowda, who is also the state’s Agriculture Minister. He has got a special grant from the Karnataka government for Rs 8 crore to repair and relay roads in the constituency which stretches from Jakkur to Hebbal-Kempapura and from Vidyaranyapura to Sahakarnagar and surrounding areas.
It is also true that this special sanction is due to the fast approaching elections for the state Assembly in May 2018.
“The roads in most parts of Bengaluru are bad. Except for main roads, the interior roads were always neglected. They have been in a state of disrepair. Every rain increases the number of potholes especially in north Bangalore,” says Amitha, a resident of Kodigehalli.
The Rs 8 crore has been divided into several smaller packages and one can see flex boards strung up on all roads that are being asphalted. The boards in Sahakarnagar announce a Rs 2 crore development of bylanes in the area, Rs 63 lakh in Amruthnagar, Rs 50 lakh in Amruthahalli and so on.
For the first time since the residential layouts came up, the High Tension Power Transmission line road that connects Sanjay Dhaba with Subrahmanya temple has been asphalted. The mud road was recently dug up for laying UGD lines.
In fact, though UGD line work is yet to be completed in parts of Amrut Nagar, most residents have already connected their sewerage lines to it. “This is the reason for manholes overflowing often. Jetting machines from the BWSSB have to be called frequently,” says Devaraj G, President of Amrut Nagar Residents Welfare Association. Amrut Nagar C block roads were all dug up for almost three years due to the UGD work and hundreds of residents were cut off completely and had to park their vehicles in front of Sharadha School and walk long distances. Their plea to complete the half done work fell on deaf ears despite the dust and debris.
Residents of Jakkur too have been an unhappy lot. “The beautiful double road from the Jakkur aerodrome has been dug up completely upto Hegde Nagar on one side making the road dangerous for months. Just two weeks ago, it was tarred,” says Sanjeev D, a resident of Rachenahalli.
If this was not enough, the access to schools, colleges and residents of Hebbal-Kempapura has been through gravel as almost a km stretch has been left unattended for almost two months now.
“We hope the work will be completed soon from Esteem Mall end as students have to pass through thick dust. Our annual exams will also start soon,” complained a girl student of Sindhi College.