Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Jairaj reviews condition of roads

Jairaj reviews condition of roads

The Hindu

Officials say all repair works will be completed over the next month

# 1,884 of the 2,000 potholes identified in the East Division have been repaired
# Removal of debris from roadsides and footpaths and relaying of pavements reviewed

Bangalore: The long-felt needs of road users for lasting repairs to Mysore Road within city limits may be answered if BMP Commissioner K. Jairaj means business.

Mr. Jairaj asked the engineers to take serious note of numerous complaints about the bad state of the roads, after holding meetings with the area engineers. Similar meetings have been planned with other stakeholders such as the power and water utilities and telecom agencies.

Mr. Jairaj told the engineers that he was closely reviewing the road works taken up under Suvarna Bangalore as also works related to parks, street lights and filling up of potholes, carried out for two months now. In the East Division, 2,000 potholes on roads were identified and 1,884 were repaired. In the South Division, 85 per cent of road repairs and in West Division, 95 per cent works were completed so far. The engineers assured that all repairs to roads would be completed over the next month.

The Commissioner reviewed the removal of debris from roadsides and footpaths and the relaying of pavements construction of road medians and renovation of road roundabouts at various places. Other works reviews included planting saplings and improvements to public gardens. Removal of unauthorised hoardings, maintenance of streetlights, including tower lights, were also being monitored.

Mr. Jairaj said he would soon convene a meeting with BWSSB engineers and ask them to relocate water mains and sewerage lines which held up road widening works. In the next month, all major roads would be repaired with special emphasis on main roads. Strict action will be taken through stiff fines on people damaging roads, putting up unauthorised banners and throwing garbage on to roads and streets. All road works will include repainting of medians, road humps and zebra crossings to make them more visible to road users including pedestrians. The fountains in all parks will be restored and their regular maintenance taken up.

The zonal officers were empowered to resolve local disputes themselves by holding regular meeting with the citizens.


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