Residents hit streets, demand better infra

#FixMyRoad ORR Sarjapur Rising campaign on the lines of Whitefield Rising takes off

Residents hit streets, demand better infra

Taking inspiration from the Whitefield Rising movement, residents of Sarjapur Road, HSR Layout and Outer Ring Road (ORR) staged a protest on Friday, demanding better infrastructure as part of the 'ORR Sarjapur Rising' campaign.

Protesters, including senior citizens, children and working professionals, gathered in large numbers at around noon on Sarjapur Road before taking out a protest march towards Iblur Junction.

Some of the demands put forth by the residents include fixing of potholes, laying of new roads, well-maintained footpaths and drainages, scientific planning of junctions, bus bays and bus stops, removal of encroachments from major roads and service roads of ORR and formation of a committee for better maintenance of the ORR-Sarjapur Road.

A social media campaign under the hashtags #FixMyRoad and  #ORRSarjapurRising is also being run by the residents.

The protest was organised by members of the ORR Sarjapur Rising, a citizens’ group formed on the lines of Whitefield Rising to create awareness about the urgent need to fix infrastructure issues in Bellandur ward.

Rajani Vellore, one of the initiators of the campaign, said constant traffic jams and bad roads pushed her and like-minded citizens to start this campaign. “This is just the beginning. We plan to hold many more such protests if the government agencies fail to provide proper facilities.”

Varsha Shukla, who runs an art institute at Kariyammana Agrahara in Bellandur, said many of her students complained of traffic woes.

“Meetings held at the institute premises often get delayed because employees and students get stuck in traffic jams on a daily basis. The distance from Kadubeesanahalli to Kariyammana Agrahara is only two km, but it takes over an hour to get here due to traffic jams.”

Veerabhadra, a driver, who resides in Uttarahalli, said he gets stuck in traffic for more than two hours in the morning and four hours in the evening when he goes to pick up his employer in Bellandur.

Drive against pothole

The residents also organised a pothole drive on Service Road in Iblur Junction. Volunteers filled potholes with asphalt and painted it green with the words ‘Fix my road’.

Members of the ORR-Sarjapur Rising campaign said their long-term plan was torelease a detailed project report for the widening of Sarjapur Road with exclusive bicycle lanes and skywalks. 

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