NICE road will be repaired in a month, assures Deputy CM

Bengaluru: Following complaints from motorists over the poor condition of NICE road, Deputy Chief Minister Dr C.N Ashwath Narayan inspected the 41-km stretch on Monday. He directed the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) to repair the stretch in a month and also asked the company to solve the traffic congestion at several entries and exit points along the NICE road.

Ashwath Narayan inspected the stretch along with Ashok Kheny, former MLA and Managing Director of NICE Ltd. The members of the Electronic City Industrial Township Authority (ELCIA) were present during the inspection.

With countless potholes, commuters have been facing undue misery while using the 41-km privately owned NICE road despite paying a hefty toll fee. The condition worsened after the recent rains, leading to an increase in the average commute time. Added to this is the wait time at toll plazas and exit/entry points.

“I inspected the stretch as several companies had complained about the condition of the road. The stretch is, in fact, full of potholes. I have spoken to Ashok Kheny. He has promised to repair it in 1 month. Kheny has engaged two agencies to repair the road,” Ashwath Narayan said.

Recently, company representatives of Electronic City had wondered whether the state government has any say in the maintenance of NICE roads. About 10 lakh people reportedly use the 41-km stretch every day, although the money collected from toll is never made public. The project has run into controversy ever since it was planned in 2002. No government, however, is taking responsibility to ensure transparency in the handing of the NICE project.