Main road turns 'mine' road

Golur Road is connected to the main road but has heavy vehicles working for the mines traverse through it.

The road, however, is in a dilapidated condition, with potholes virtually every few metres. Other drivers manage to drive down the road with difficulty, as the air is covered with dirt and dust. Making matters worse are the speed-breakers, which prevent a smooth ride.

People riding two-wheelers use the road perpetually under fear of falling under some heavy vehicle or skidding on the dust.

Skipping toll

This is the road that connects the town from H N Circle to Golur, Marganakunte, Gortapalli, Billur and even the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. There is a toll plaza near Narepalli on National Highway 7 on the outskirts of the town. In order to avoid paying toll, most heavy vehicles traveling to Andhra Pradesh prefer using the Golur Road.

Since mining is carried out in many places nearby, trucks carrying huge stones travel on this road. This is an important reason for the road to reach such a dilapidated condition.

There are mudpiles, crushed stones and a dusty air on and around the road. Citizens complain on how whenever vehicles travel down the road, there is a virtual dust-storm and life becomes hell for the pedestrians and the shopkeepers on the sides of the road.

Political leaders from Bangalore and other places are carrying out illegal mining on some of the hilly regions in the rural areas. In other places in the taluk, such activities are carried out by other influential people.

Eyes closed

About 90 tons of stone are transported to Bangalore and places outside the State everyday, facing no problem. Yet, although all of this goes on on the main road of Bagepalli, the police, revenue or forest departments, RTO or PWD, nobody cares a whit, said BJP taluk unit president G R Chowdareddy.

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