It has become a tough task for motorists and pedestrians to use Cornwell Road, one of the busiest roads in Richmond Town. The road becomes really congested around 3 pm during weekdays, with a number of vehicles parked haphazardly, leaving little space for the movement of vehicles. The residents want the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities to focus on various roads in the area that need immediate attention.
The road is also dotted with potholes, posing danger to motorists, especially two-wheeler riders. Many pedestrians have complained about the pathetic condition of footpaths that have broken concrete slabs. “It has become difficult for us to walk on the the road that has many potholes. Walking on the road becomes even more difficult whenever it rains,’’ complained Pratik Patel, a resident of Richmond Town.
Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy, incidentally, has launched a drive to fill potholes at Chalukya Circle with much hype and fanfare. But no effort has been made to mitigate woes of motorists and pedestrians caused by potholes on Cornwell Road. Since motorists slow down their vehicles while negotiating potholes, the movement of vehicles on the road is always slow.
As the BBMP is too busy with efforts to clear garbage which has become a major challenge for the civic body over the last few weeks, it is left with little time to carry out other work, including filling up potholes on city roads using the cold mix technology. But residents want the various roads in the area to be repaired without delay.
Pedestrians narrated how they have been putting up with difficulties every time they cross the O’Shaughnessy Road-Cornwell Cross Road junction. “The worst part is that when it starts raining, water puddles appear, damaging the surface of the road. The wheel load causes the holes to increase in diameter and depth, posing a threat to two-wheeler riders and pedestrians” said Mahesh Rao, a resident.
Residents also complained about the BBMP’s negligence. They said the civic agency failed miserably in filling up the ditches that were dug up for various reasons. The feedback received from serval shops in the area indicated the vulnerability of two-wheeler riders and pedestrians to accidents. “Accidents are common in this area. Two-wheeler riders are more likely to meet with accidents,’’ said JC Babu, a shop owner.
Residents felt that the need of the hour was a positive initiative by the BBMP authorities. “The BBMP authorities must take the responsibility of ensuring safety of the residents. It is their duty to respond to our civic needs. The BBMP has to take some action immediately in this regard,’’ contended Sharath Kapoor, a resident.
Talking about the measures taken by the BBMP to resolve the issue, P Sowmya, BBMP corporator, Shanthinagar ward, said: “We fill up the potholes around the area regularly. But we had to put our work on hold due to rains. For tarring the road, we require funds but we will look into the issue shortly.”