Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Road merges with footpath

Road merges with footpath

Y Maheswara Reddy First Published : 09 Aug 2010 12:29:22 AM ISTLast Updated : 09 Aug 2010 11:59:23 AM IST
BANGALORE: The asphalting of a portion of Cubbon Road near Cariappa Park is a prime example of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board's (BWSSB) callousness.
BWSSB laid water pipes on Cubbon Road and then took very long to asphalt the portion of the road that had been dug up for this. When it finally finished the job, it had got that portion of the road levelled with the footpath. As a result, two wheeler riders stray onto the footpath whenever there is a jam at the traffic signal, causing a lot of inconvenience to pedestrians.
The footpath along the General Post Office is also unusable. Not only is it uneven, but the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) engineers are yet to clear the stretch of the boulders that have been lying on the footpath for the past few months.
“I understand that footpath at the other end of the road is in a bad condition as Metro work is going on. However, I do not understand what has prevented the BMP from clearing the boulders,” said N Sivaram, a senior citizen.
On Infantry Road, there is a gap between the cement slabs that cover a drain at the traffic signal adjacent to Visvesvaraya Towers and this can cause serious injuries to pedestrians.
Somasekhar, executive engineer (east), BBMP, blamed the BWSSB for the shoddy work on Cubbon Road.
“I am preparing a plan to repair the footpath. The restoration work will be taken up within a few days,” said Somasekhar. The executive engineer also said that the boulders on the footpath along the General Post Office would be removed as soon as BWSSB completes its work.


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