Partial victory for Mahadevapura residents; BBMP to asphalt 43 roads

Bengaluru: Days after the massive protest by residents of Mahadevapura, a battery of officials from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) inspected the condition of roads and reviewed some of the ongoing infrastructure projects in and around the IT corridor.

“Inspected Kundalahalli underpass construction work this morning. Fixed timelines to complete underpass work. Rs 25 cr has been released for land acquisition & another Rs 42 cr has been earmarked for further land acquisition to be completed by mid-November,” BBMP Commissioner B.H Anil Kumar tweeted, posting a video of his visit to the junction.

Work on the Kundalahalli junction, which is one of the major connectivity to the IT corridor, had begun sometime last year. The construction activity, however, slowed down as BBMP had not acquired all the land that was required for the project. At present, only a part of the busy junction has been dug up, further narrowing down the already congested traffic intersection.

The BBMP Commissioner also announced restoration of 43 roads in and around the Outer Ring Road. “Also inspected roads in Mahadevapura zone & held review meeting. Decision taken were: Work orders to be issued in the next 10 days for 14 roads adjoining ORR at Rs 80 cr; 20 roads at Rs 250 cr & 9 works at Rs 34 cr – both to be finalised by Nov-end.”

The announcement appears to be a partial victory to over 14 citizen groups who had hit the streets on Friday last, demanding immediate steps to restore roads that are in bad condition. Pictures of roads in and around Mahadevapura, which were full of slush or potholes, were all over social media, attracting the attention of people from around the globe.

“Thank you @BBMPCOMM for visiting, taking up the charge to get the #KundanahalliGate Junction done. Eeven more important, the very pathetic Vibgyor road, Thubarahalli Road and hopefully similar roads in the area. However, we are concerned about a few aspects,” citizens’ group Whitefield Rising, which had led the protest in Marathahalli on Friday, tweeted, responding to the announcement of BBMP Commissioner.

The citizens’ group also hopes the projects do not remain on paper but takes off quickly. “Announcements, we have learnt are just that. Announcements. We have learnt to keep all happiness in check until the actual job gets done on the ground. The many reasons (valid & invalid) that end up halting projects are to be experienced to be believed.

Local MLA Arvind Limbavali has also announced that the State Government has taken steps to develop 65 roads in and around Mahadevapura. He also uploaded the list of roads on his official micro-blogging platform.