Pothole-ridden roads have become the norm in areas like Maruthi Mandir and Vijaynagar.
Damaged roads and footpaths have become a gruelling impediment for motorists and pedestrians in Maruthi Mandir. The stretch along Maruthi Mandir is used by residents from Vijaynagar and surrounding areas, making it one of the busiest roads in the area. Commuting along the road has become a tedious exercise for motorists as they have to constantly duck the potholes that haven’t been covered up after being dug up for the construction of the Metro.
The narrowness of the main road adds to the commuters’ woes. In fact, regular commuters are battered by traffic congestion everyday. Road blocks due to space constraint are not uncommon at peak hours. Needless to say, the residents of the area are dissatisfied with the state of roads in and around Maruthi Mandir.
The service roads are not in a good condition either, and are used as alternatives to the main road. According to motorists, the potholes in these roads are as bad as the ones on the main road.
According to the residents, even the main road in Vijaynagar is in a really bad condition. In fact, they want the Bruhat Bangalore.
Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to repair most roads in Vijaynagar. “I use these roads everyday while travelling to work and have to be very careful since there are potholes everywhere. It is a nightmare walking or driving in the dark since it is difficult to spot the potholes. It is time that the BBMP did something about it,” says an angry Pratiksha Joshi, a resident of Vijaynagar.
According to the residents, the ongoing construction of the Metro shouldn’t be an excuse to leave the roads in a bad condition. Damaged roads and footpaths have to be paid immediate attention, they said. These roads haven’t been fixed in two years though they are expected to be repaired every year. The footpaths too haven’t been repaired.
The cement blocks used to construct the footpath have been damaged, and the road has mostly been corroded, posing a threat to motorists and pedestrians during the rainy season. Immediate action has to be taken by the authorities, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to ride on these roads and use the footpaths, say residents.
“As a resident of this locality, I have noticed that the local authorities are not paying enough attention to the infrastructural development in the area. The Metro seems to be the only thing on their minds, but they have to ensure that our lives are not affected by their negligence. We have been patient so far. However, since the initial construction for the Metro is now over, they have to fix the roads, fill the potholes, rebuild the footpaths and make it easy for people who use them,” contends Vinay Kumar, another resident.
Residents are understandably peeved and want the BBMP to take measures to repair these roads as they have been neglected for long. V Vagish, BBMP corporator from Maruthi Mandir, promises:
“The roads will be repaired after the Metro construction is completed. The rain has made the roads worse, but we will focus on the roads and footpaths soon and have them fixed as soon as possible.”