Officials, elected representatives take 'road' less trodden

The Krishnavaram-Badamaakanahalli direct road, which is nearing completion is an ideal example of the development that could be achieved if officials and elected representatives worked in tandem with each other.

In an effort worth emulating elsewhere in the district and in the State, the officials and elected representatives started the construction of the mud road prior to the approval from Zilla Panchayat and simultaneously sanctioning of funds.

The road will cut down the distance between Krishnavaram-Badamaakanahalli by more than five km and will also provide shorter way to reach the Kolar-Betamangala Road. It also connects KGF with Badamaakanahalli.

The modernisation of the 30-ft road is the brain child of tahsildar Mangala, Zilla Panchayat member Narayanamma and CMC member Shivaprasad Naidu. In fact, Narayanamma is  constructing the mud road at personal expense.

There is already a road which connects Krishnavaram-Badamaakanahlli via Ghattakamadhenuhalli, Koodagal, Reddihalli, Kadarigowdanakote, Pedadampalli, Isandra and Mettur. However, this road is about 10 km in length. The new road is less than five km in length and three km of it has already been constructed.

Pathway becomes road

In the past there was pathway which directly connected Krishnavaram and Badamaakanahalli. Bullock carts regulary plied on  stretch. Interestingly, the path was mentioned in government maps. However, after  the bullock carts fell into disuse, the way was forgotten by many people. However, a few motorcyclists who were aware of the road used it frequently.

Realising the threat posed by the realtors and land developers who could encroach the land, Narayanamma, came foward to construct the road. She was supported by tahsildar Mangala who immediately conducted a survey and identified the road.

Narayanamma has promised to bear the entire construction cost of the first phase of the road.

Twin purpose

The officials and elected representatives have achieved twin purpose with construction of the mud road.

Firstly, the road itself and secondly, the desilting of a tank. The new road passes through a tank. Hence, the tank basin was identified and desilting work was started. The mud was then used for construction of the road. As much as 800 lorry-load have already been used for the construction of road.

If funds are sanctioned by a legislator or by ZP, the road can be asphalted and made into an all-weather road. After the completion of road, people travelling to Kolar from city need not go to Bangarpet, said Shivaprasad Naidu, who is in-charge of the construction.

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