Footpath construction delayed, pedestrians in pain

City Safety

BBMP is constructing the footpath of the C V Raman road, but it got delayed which is causing hardship for the commuters.

Bengaluru, 29 August 2019, 7:53 pm

The footpath of the CV Raman road leading towards Malleswaram is under construction for over a year, causing inconvenience to pedestrians.

In Bangalore Citizen, it has been showed that white topping of roads in adjacent Sadashiva nagar, initiated by the BBMP in 2016, was completed two years ago. The BBMP is now constructing the footpath. It has completed work on the KV Hebbal side of the road.

A KV Hebbal teacher who uses the under-construction footpath to reach to the school gate said: “I face difficulty reaching the footbridge from this end.”

BBMP executive engineer Fatah Mohammad said, work on the footpath began in October 2018, and needs time to be completed. As the road leads to National Highway 4 (Chennai-Bengaluru-Mumbai), the entire road cannot be blocked to complete the work. So, one side of it needs to be completed first.

 “To work on footpaths, we need permission from the drainage department and BTRAC so that the construction doesn’t create congestion. Then, while we work, BESCOM, BWSSB and other government agencies intervene, so it gets delayed,” Mohammad added.

He promised that the work will be completed within a month and a half.

“The footpath is under construction for over a year. I don’t know whether the reason is the laying of a water pipeline,” said Puja, a resident of the area and owner of Sri Balaji Stores, informed The Observer.

“It is difficult to walk on the footpath during rush hours,” she added.

Residents face difficulty as the construction is being done in front of their houses too. Also, during the monsoon, the situation gets worse and the pedestrians face inconvenience. No accidents have happen yet, but people tripped over the ill maintained road.

Dr V. Ramesh, professor and head of the civil engineering department in the Rajarajeshwari College of Engineering, said: “Until the work is completed, the people who are affected should adjust to it.”

According to him, the reason behind the disruption in work is the change in government. “If they want fast progress, the residents should go on strike. Otherwise, they must bear with the situation.”


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