No sign board to indicate road diversion

No sign board to indicate road diversion

Works progress at a snail’s pace on NH 212; inconvenience tourists, motorists

The Mysore City Corporation (MCC), which has taken up underground (UGD) pipe laying works near the Mysore Race Course (MRC) on NH-212, has failed to display a road diversion sign.

Of late, it is causing serious inconvenience to devotees bound for the Chamundi Hill as well as other motorists on the busy road.

Since the past three months, the MCC is laying huge UGD pipes in the place of the 50-year-old drainage system, at a cost of Rs 303 lakh. It has blocked the busy road from the MRC junction, which connects to the Chamundi Hill, Nanjangud and T Narasipur towns.

However, due to the apathy of the civic body, there is no sign board for road diversion at the MRC junction. Hundreds of visitors to the Chamundi Hill and other places are left in tizzy. “How can we know that the road is blocked, if there are no sign boards to guide us. The authorities concerned should put up diversion marks on all roads leading to the MRC junction,” said Arul Nayar, a tourist from Tamil Nadu. He was heading towards the Chamundeshwari Temple.

A Traffic Police personnel, deployed at the spot, said, the MCC authorities have used a small diversion flex board (shows the way for the Chamundi Hill) and it was printed by the Police department. “Will anyone notice such a small board. When we question them (MCC officials), they say everyone is aware of the road works,” he said.

The road also connects to the Mysore Zoo. As part of the first phase, the MCC dug the road from the daily market on Mahatma Gandhi Road to the Mall of Mysore. However, it kept one side of the road free for vehicular movement. In the second phase, though the work requires just one portion of the road from MRC junction to the Karanji Lake, it has completely blocked both ways.

Motorists, to reach the Chamundi Hill or other places, have to either take the mud road adjacent to Karanji Lake or the road behind the Mall of Mysore. The road behind the Mall, passes through Dhobi Ghat and CAR Grounds and connects to the Chamundi Hill.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Assistant Executive Engineer, who did not want to be named, said, it would take another two months to complete the project. When asked about road diversion boards, he said, he would bring the issue to the notice to the higher authorities.

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