Mother Teresa Road a mess despite complaints, say residents

Mother Teresa Road a mess despite complaints, say residents

Mother Teresa Road in Shanthinagar ward is a picture of neglect with piles of uncleared garbage and broken footpaths, which pose a threat to pedestrians.

Authorities have failed to repair and clean up the street despite several complaints. The slabs along a stretch the footpath near the gate of a Cathedral High School are broken and have caved in.

Pedestrians, especially school children coming out of the school, are at risk of getting injured. Girish, a local resident who walks along this street frequently, also pointed out that the lack of streetlights adds to the danger.

The stench from the garbage strewn around at many places on the road is unbearable. Passersby urinate against the wall that runs along the footpath, causing nuisance and posing health risks. A shopkeeper, who preferred to remain unnamed, said that while the streets are occasionally swept, the garbage is piled up at one place and not cleared.

Peter Samson Babu, a resident of the area and an activist, has brought the situation to the notice of several authorities including local BBMP corporator P Sowmya and to BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad. "I  have tweeted this problem and complained through BBMP's grievance app 'Fix my Street' but officials have not taken these issues seriously. Hundreds of school  children walk on this stretch. Who will be held responsible in case of an accident?" questions, Babu.  

Harassment, rash driving

The shopkeeper also said that several youngsters regularly perform stunts on their two-wheelers here, endangering others' lives. Women often face harassment at the bus stop, with hooligans walking around in the evening creating a public nuisance.  

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