Rain worsens road woes

A road in a pathetic condition at Shidlaghatta Circle in Chikkaballapur. DH PHOTO

Heavy rain accompanied with thunder and lightning that has been lashing the city for the past few days  has damaged almost all the roads in the City.

The ongoing drainage work had posed severe problems to the road users. The condition has worsened with the recent rain giving the road users a nightmarish experience.

If driving on the dug up road stretches is leaving road users exhausted, the water-filled potholes are giving them back-breaking rides. The roads have been dug up in many places. Mud has been dumped in the potholes to fill the ditches. However, vehicles get stuck up in these gaps.

The main roads near the old bus terminal and Shidlaghatta Circle are the worst affected.

Motorists have a tough time in negotiating the stretch from the old bus terminal. Losing the balance of their vehicle will land them into the ditches on the stretch.

On Monday, a bus was  trapped in one of the trenches formed on the rain-ravaged roads. It could be pulled out only after three hours of joint efforts by  people and the traffic police.

The traffic signal at circle is out of order for the past thirty days. The police have to man the traffic standing in the middle of rainwater inundated  road. The pedestrian are under the constant threat of being rundown by the speeding vehicle as they have to traverse in middle of the road without any proper walkway.

"We expected that the drainage work would be completed at the earliest. However, even after six months there are no signs of work nearing completion," said Govinda Shastry, an employee at a private firm.

With the reopening of the schools, parents are worried a lot about the safety of their wards using the stretch to go their schools.

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