Construction materials block roads, puts users at risk

Construction materials block roads, puts users at risk

Metagalli turns to be a nightmare for two-wheeler riders, children

Troublesome:  A road blocked by a heap of sand in Metagalli. DH photos by Prashanth

The six-lane project is sure to be a pride of Mysore in a couple of years. But, there are still some areas where works taken up by the district administration and JnNurm that has seen two monsoons already, are still going on at a snail’s pace. With monsoon just setting in, the KRS road and incomplete UGD work on B’lore- Mysore road,  are sure to turn into mini pools hindering the already limping works.

Similarly, spurt of construction activities at several localities in the city, especially where majority of them belonging to middle class and lower middle class sections live are seen.

Though it is a matter of pride for them to own a shelter, in their enthusiasm to continue building construction, they fail to understand the inconvenience they pose to their neighbours.

With the price of loads of sand and brick going north, they feel that the right place to store them is on the roadside, sometimes even to the extent of blocking the roads, for a convenient period of more than one week.

Metagalli, is one area which is an example of poor town planning, as the lands which were used for agricultural purposes were sold off by the landlords to gain quick money, and has resulted in improper development of the locality.

Narrow roads

The already narrow roads where two important railway lines pass through is the main bypass road for commuters to reach KRS, Brindavan extension, Hebbal from Bannimantap.

Hundreds of vehicles ply through this road every day, and the accumulation of construction materials like gravel, brick, sand and other materials not only block the road, but sometimes are cause for mishaps.

School children hurt

Many incidences of schoolchildren and two-wheeler riders skidding due to sand that covers the whole road have been witnessed.

While it is a nightmare for the two-wheeler riders, a four-wheeler completely blocks the road and causes traffic jam every few minutes.

With the school vans continuously honking, especially during peak hours and when the railway gate is opened after a brief closure, it results in noise pollution.

When contacted, corporator Somashekar agreed that the residents in their enthusiasm have stored the construction materials on roads causing problems for road users.

However, he defended them saying that they would clear it in a couple of days.
Revenue sites and poor town planning has resulted in narrow roads. 

As construction of a couple of houses are being taken up simultaneously, there might be some inconvenience, he said, but assured to look into the matter immediately.

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