Curse on 400-metre stretch continues even after 13 yrs

Locals have to negotiate narrow pathways and hundreds of potholes

nightmare:  Pathetic state of the road after a short spell of rain. dh photo

The road connecting the Basaveshwara Kalyan Mantap and the Pension Mohalla is just 400 metres long. If it were to be some ordinary road, the local residents would have complained to city municipal councillor concerned, protested and got the road repaired. But it is a ‘special road’, which comes under the jurisdiction of four councillors. So, nobody knows whom to blame. It seems to be a curse on all roads in the old Hassan area. All roads in this area are almost in the same condition — narrow pathways, hundreds of potholes, etc. Walking on these roads during rains is nightmarish. But the neglect for this road seems to be phenomenal.

Tenders had been invited by the CMC last June for repairs. The contractor had been finalised and work orders issued, some eight months back. But due to reasons like election code of conduct, works could not be taken up. Now that the monsoon has begun, the works would have to wait for another four months. Councillor Shabir recalls that the road had been asphalted when he was councillor the last time — that is 13 years back.

The road has been further damaged due to the UGD works under progress — going on in snail’s pace. Now, a Rs 1.5 crore worth drinking water project for the old areas has been taken up. Loclas fear that even if the road is repaired now, it would have to be dug up again. They suggest that it is better to asphalt the road after all these works are complete.

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