Digging by OFC firms leaves Lavelle Road in a mess

Digging by OFC firms leaves Lavelle Road in a mess

Residents of upscale Lavelle Road are unable to walk on the streets, which have still not been restored after they were dug up for laying optical fibre cables (OFC).

Government agencies and cable companies, which have dug up roads on the stretch from Lavelle Road to Vittal Mallya Road, have done a shoddy job of restoring them. The residents blame the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is responsible for monitoring the repair work, for the negligence.

The roads are making lives of motorists and pedestrians miserable. "Lavelle Road is narrow and motorists and pedestrians are facing a lot of trouble due to overnight digging," said Dr Cherian Varkey, a resident of Lavelle Road.

"The cables are sticking out of the road, posing a threat to pedestrians," he added.

Surabhi Rao, a motorist said, "At night, it is difficult to spot the potholes caused by digging by OFC companies. This huge pothole leads to accidents."

BBMP officials agree that OFC companies often do not bother to resurface roads they dig up and expect them to do their job. "We have been getting a lot of complaints against the OFC companies about the delay in restoring roads. We have complained to the police against the companies and have asked them to restore the dug-up roads. The mayor also conducted a meeting recently on this issue,"  said S Somasekhar, chief

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