Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Widening woes for Commissariat Road

Widening woes for Commissariat Road

Sharan Poovanna First Published : 03 Aug 2010 06:00:40 AM ISTLast Updated : 03 Aug 2010 10:24:29 AM IST
BANGALORE: The malls, a police station, a fire station and a handful of commercial establishments, all these will have to shrink to make space for a wider Commissariat Road.
The road that starts from MG Road near Mayo Hall and goes towards Shoolay Circle has been marked by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for widening.
“I don’t see why they should break portions of these malls and cut trees to widen an already wide road,” said Vinay, a college student.
Learning from the Express that the project was going to be undertaken in more than 200 roads of the city, he said Bangalore needed its trees to check the increasing pollution and the government needed to improve its public transport.
“First you give them permission to build and then conveniently demolish the same in the name of road widening,” said Nithya, a homemaker.
She said the builders “must have paid handsomely” to get the approvals.
Disapproving of the project, she said the government should re-evaluate this venture as it “promised good but was only bad” for the city.
“We will not undertake any development project in that particular road”, Somashekar, chief engineer (East) of the Palike said no work is being undertaken on any of the roads that have been identified for road widening.
He said only minor repairs such as filling pothole and cleaning work is on.


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