Residents stage protest against bad roads

Residents stage protest against bad roads

More than 200 residents of Ramagondanahalli near Whitefield staged a protest against civic authorities on Sunday demanding better infrastructure in the area.

The local residents including techies, children and senior citizens gathered on Borewell Road, holding placards expressing their ire against the civic authorities. The placards read: "Patchwork is for tailors, what we need is good roads," "stop stealing my tax money," "Pave roads, save life."

They said that the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board had dug the road in the locality indiscriminately, but did not restore it. Koshy Verghese, a resident, said that the recent rain had worsened the situation. " We can have a dirt rally on the road," he said.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, who visited the area recently, promised to repair the road within 40 days. However, he is yet to fulfil his promise, Verghese added.

The residents said that school buses and ambulances refuse to ply on the bad road and their children had to walk for around 1.20 km to board the school bus.

"We had, along with the BBMP, tarred the road on a public-private partnership in 2010. But, two years ago, the BWSSB dug the whole road up and left it in a mess. We have approached both BBMP and BWSSB seeking repair of the road, but to no avail," Verghese said.

R R Pandey, another resident, said the delay in civic works such as laying sewage pipes and poor coordination among agencies were primarily responsible for the bad condition of roads.

Meanwhile, a BBMP official said that the BWSSB was laying pipeline for supply of Cauvery water and the road would be tarred once it completes the work.

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