Thursday, February 25, 2010

Protest against BBMP plan to deviate link road

Protest against BBMP plan to deviate link road

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The controversy over the construction of a proposed link road through the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore campus by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) took a new turn on Wednesday with the residents of the Canara Bank Layout, adjacent to the university, alleging that the BBMP was now trying to deviate the road through their layout.

About 150 residents, most of them senior citizens, staged a protest in this connection.

Canara Bank Employees’ Layout Residents’ Welfare Association president R.S.D.B. Gowda alleged that the BBMP, under flak from all quarters, was bent on somehow completing the road.

With the university fighting the road tooth and nail, the BBMP was now trying to divide the 80-foot link road into two twin roads with a width of 40 feet at the entrance of the Canara Bank Layout.

One portion would pass through the 3rd Main of the layout, and the other through the 4th Main, flanking a 2.5-acre park.

Terming this as a deviation from the original alignment, Mr. Gowda said it would pose traffic hazards for residents and defeat the purpose of developing the park, the area’s lung space.

The link road, which is bound to have heavy traffic, would pose a risk of accidents as a large number of people, especially senior citizens, use the park for morning and evening walks.

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