No way forward

No way forward

No way forward

A rapidly developing city like Bangalore has its own share of woes.

Thanks to the construction of many buildings, there are a number of open construction sites around with construction material and debris strewn all over the place.

Due to this, the motorists and passers-by face a number of problems while commuting.

Lalit Barjatya, a businessman, says that construction material can be seen either dumped on the footpaths or in the middle of the road.

“This is commonly seen on the inner roads and causes inconvenience to motorists. It becomes harder when there are no street lights,” he says. Lalit says that the building material should be stored in the premises of the construction site.

“It is the responsibility of the local authorities to keep a tab on these activities in their jurisdiction as such obstacles on the road could lead to accidents,” he says.

Many a time, these piles attract garbage.

“People have the tendency to dump waste on top of these piles adding to the problems of pedestrians. These piles also attract rodents and emit stench. Also a pedestrian has the chance to slip and fall on sand. This is dangerous especially around school sites,” says Pushpa Jain, a homemaker.

She points out that public roads are not meant to store construction material and strict fines should be imposed on those violating the law.

Vinay Raj G, an MBA student, points out that such piles can be seen in all parts of the City especially in areas like Hebbal and Yelahanka, where there is a lot of construction work going on.

“Often, pedestrians walk off the footpath to avoid getting tripped or injured by such obstacles. This can be scary for motorists. The BBMP should set up a small team to keep a close watch on the ongoing work,” he says.

Vinay adds that it’s very risky for the pedestrians and motorists when such material is just lying around.

Thus there must be a check on this.Motorists complain that this can be scary especially during the rains.

“Sometimes, the sand gets washed off to the road. This can cause skidding and lead to accidents or traffic blocks,” says Suhas S, a motorist.

He adds that even though the roads are getting better in the City, the bricks and wires lying across can be alarming for motorists and also damage the vehicles.

Ask the authorities about what can be done to keep a watch on the situation and they say that it is usually the small contractors who defy specifications given by the BBMP.

“Usually, big contractors stick to the rules and have an organised way to store their construction material. Often, such debris or material can be seen in the middle of the road and the BBMP looks into giving rigid specifications to all contractors.

Enforcing such rules on big contractors is easier compared to the small ones as the latter often extend their deadlines,” says M Lakshminarayana, commissioner of BBMP.

He also points out that such material can be seen piled up in front of homes and footpaths. “There is a provision to fine any material when it is stored on pavements.

The BBMP will be taking up measures to enforce this rule,” he says.