Dug-up roads not repaired, Whitefield residents suffer

Dug-up roads not repaired, Whitefield residents suffer

Commuting through Nagondanahalli Road is a nightmare as the road is left unfixed after it was dug up to lay out pipelines for Cauvery water connection in Hagadur ward.

Commuting through Nagondanahalli Road in East Bengaluru is a nightmare for commuters as it has not yet been repaired after being dug up for laying pipelines for Cauvery water supply in Hagadur ward.

Nagondanahalli Road is the only access for heavy vehicles coming from Kadugodi and Hoskote to reach Sarjapur Road, as they are banned from passing through Varthur bridge. But the condition of the road is pathetic as it is yet to be relaid after being dug up a few months ago to lay pipelines for Cauvery water connection.

“I drive through this route every day to my office in Whitefield. After the short spells of rains over the last few weeks, the road is nothing but a cesspool, with many potholes. It is also strewn with garbage here and there. The BBMP is delaying restoration work,” said Navya Murthy, a resident of Nagondanahalli.

Corporator, S Uday Kumar said that it will take some time to restore the road as Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is laying out sewage pipelines on the road. “The BBMP had dug up the road to lay pipelines for Cauvery water connection a few months ago after which we had started to restore the road. But due to rains, we stopped the work. Now that BWSSB is doing the work, it will take a few more months to restore the road.”

Similar situation 

The residents of Thubarahalli have been striving hard to get the attention of BBMP to fix the two-km stretch of Thubarahalli village road for a decade now. Despite several complaints to the BBMP, the road has no street lights, footpaths and drains. 

The first protest was staged in 2013 by the residents after which the Palike had promised to fix the damaged road in five years. But nothing has changed so far. “The road leads to the biggest IT corridors in Whitefield limits. There are plenty of schools in and around Thubarahalli. The condition of the road is deteriorating day by day due to rains,” said Bhaskar Rao, resident.

However, BBMP officials said that road widening and restoration should have started by now but is delayed due to lack of funds.