Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Deadline comes and goes, work goes on and on

Deadline comes and goes, work goes on and on
Residents Suffer As Underpass Work Never Ends

Bangalore: Meeting deadlines seems to have disappeared from the BBMP lexicon. The underpass work at Puttenahalli and Kadirenahalli that started in March 2008 was supposed to have been completed by February 9, 2009. But work is still going on.
Potholes, lack of barricades, traffic congestion and increas in noise levels are some of the problems that residents have to put up with. Apart from these, commercial complexes and shops are complaining that the delay has affected their daily business.
According to the BBMP chief engineer who’s in charge of Puttenahalli underpass, 60% of work is complete and is likely to be ready by May. Kadirenahalli underpass is 45% complete and expected to be ready by September. It is estimated to cost Rs 28.72 crore.
“The project was delayed due to land-acquisition problems, opposition to tree cutting and delay in shifting of utilities like BWSSB pipelines. Police also delayed the process of diverting traffic,” said BBMP sources.
With officials postponing the deadline, residents of both areas have been left in the lurch. They will have to put up with this for at least six more months, with less than 50% of work being completed.

WORK AND WOES NEVER END HERE: Underpass work on at Kadirenahalli and (left) Puttenahalli


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