Chikmagalur dist devoid of roads

MLA continues to make promises

The local residents who are fed up of demanding for good roads now say that they feel like mocking at the authorities for their inefficiency.

“The half kilometer stretch from Mallanduru circle to Basavanahalli circle is a bright example for administrative apathy. We feel it is an act of bravery to cross this road successfully without harming ourselves. After having crossed this road safely over the last few months, we can qualify to do deadly stunts in any circus company,” says an angry citizen.

While some remember the circus stunts many others call it a daily ‘wet land race’.

“There are organisations that put up wet land race to preserve rural sports. What is the need of such events when we have it going on everyday here in the heart of the city,” says a shopkeeper in the city here. The plight of Kadur road is no different.

D V Sadananda Gowda had taken part in the Zilla Panchayat KDP meet three months ago when he was the MP. He had said that condition of Kadur-Chikmagalur road is so bad that people will be compelled to curse the elected representatives. The plight of Kadur road has been pathetic over a decade now. Since there has not been a sincere effort to repair this road, it has been taking toll on the commuters.

In the city, it is not just IG Road, which is spoilt. The condition of MG Road, Market road and Mallandur road, which are the commercial hubs of the city too are in bad state.

While the city roads are seeking attention, one can imagine the condition of the remote rural roads. Thegoor-Maraluru road, Maralur-Haluvalli road, KR Pete road have been spoilt to the extent that there are only gravels and muck for road.While the elected
representatives make big claims on various platforms about tourism development, it is an irony that the eight km stretch from hand post towards Bababudangiri Dattapeet has not seen repair works for long.

Coming to taluks, Mudigere, Koppa, Sringeri, NR Pura, Tarikere and Kadur, all the taluks see bad roads to be the main problem, which needs to be tackled before all other problems.The situation is worse in naxal affected areas of Sringeri and Koppa taluk.

Horale village is devoid of all the basic facilities required to lead a decent living. Certain demands like construction of a bridge in Horale were kept forth when naxal leader Horale Jaya surrendered.

This demand has not been met yet. Hagalaganchi village here still has mud roads. It is said that the bus carrying Anti Naxal Force personel was stranded in the muck at Hagalaganchi due to which they had to cancel the combing operation.

MLA talks

MLA C T Ravi responding to the same has said that he is completely aware of the problem and the road development work could not be taken up as there has been a delay in drainage works.

“I have got adequate funds (Rs 28 crore) for road development in my constituency. With this 160 kms will be asphalted. The works will start in full swing after monsoon,” he said adding that this year the Kadur-Mangalore road will be developed on priority basis. A sum of Rs 20 crore will be utilized for the same.

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