Debris on the road adds to chaos

Traffic hazards

Debris on the road  adds to chaos

Some pavements in the City are surely getting a makeover but all this work is leaving behind a trail of mess. Construction material meant for the work is dumped on main roads, which narrows the roads further and triggers traffic jams. Four-wheeler drivers have to literally worm their way around the debris. This is a common sight in Ulsoor, Cox Town and Yeshwantpur (near IISc) just to mention a few. Metrolife
interacted with BBMP officials to understand why construction material is haphazardly dumped on the roads and left unattended to.

Lakshminarayana, commissioner of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), concedes that he is aware of the problem but says that he would have to find an alternative space in the same locality, wherever the work has been commissioned, to dump the material. “I am aware that construction material is being left on the roads but where else do we leave it? We will identify private lands and government spaces where this can be unloaded. We could temporarily use a vacant site to dump the material,” adds Lakshminarayana.

About the uncleared debris, specifically under the Metro Rail, Lakshminarayana says, “We inspected all Metro Rail sites, a few weeks ago and have ordered that to be cleared.”

Additional commissioner of police (traffic) B Dayananda says that debris mess aggravates the problem of managing and streamlining the growing traffic in the City, “We will have to collaborate with the BBMP to make sure the debris is cleared on time to make way for the smooth flow of traffic.”  It rains almost everyday and motorists experience bad traffic jams when it does. The authorities haven’t done anything to ensure that the roads are free of potholes and adding to the confusion is the construction debris heaped on main roads.

Dr Nabeel Alji commutes from Rajajinagar to Electronic City almost everyday. “The traffic is killing but what makes it worse are the horrible roads. Potholes on the main roads and in every other corner make travelling a nightmare. The authorities need to understand that monsoons aggravate the problem and debris on roads is unpardonable,” reasons Nabeel.

Akash Rao, a professional, thinks it is the ‘don’t care’ attitude of the authorities that reflects in situations like these. “Uncleared construction debris on the road should not be overlooked by the government. This could trigger accidents and cost a life. An alternative place should be found to leave the material,” reasons Akash.  

Nazia Syed Mujeeb, who is just learning to drive, confesses that she knows the difficulty of having to ‘clutch-brake’ so many times on the road. “More than dodging the traffic, one has to concentrate on negotiating the debris left after the sewage-line corrections and repair work on the roads. These reduce the width of the already narrow roads with the two-way traffic. Driving seems tougher than my board exams because I need to survive the traffic and the bad roads to clear it,” concludes Nazia.

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