Work on drain begins on Hosaline road

Residents hope for KSRTC buses on the route

The City Municipal Council (CMC) has taken up construction of the drain under the KMRP scheme.

Along with the drain, asphaltation of the stretch from Salagame road to Ring Road is also being undertaken. Both the projects are estimated to cost around Rs 150 lakh.

While the PWD has ruled out widening of the Hosaline road, it has said that drains would be built on the side of the road and would later be covered with cement slabs. Even though there would be no separate footpath, slabs covering the drain would be built at the level of the road.

Residents are hoping that once the asphaltation of Hosaline road is complete, KSRTC would introduce buses connecting Hosaline road with Salagame road and Ring road.

The Hosaline road, which was once part of the national highway, has now been encroached and reduced to only 30 feet at various stretches. Traffic jams are a common sight on the road whenever two heavy vehicles face-off on the narrow stretch of road.

A few owners have constructed compounds on the drain blocking the flow and causing the water to spill over to the main road. Every rainy season, the road turns into a mess causing difficulty to traffic and pedestrians alike.

Several requests were made to the authorities to asphalt the road. During the last year, then deputy commissioner Naveenraj Singh issued notices to building owners who had encroached the road.

However, the people staged protests against the notice saying that their houses would be damaged. With the intervention of the local MLA, the encroachment drive hit a road block.

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