Bengaluru: BBMP wants Rs 300 crore to fix roads dug up across 110 villages | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With road infrastructure having crumbled in the city’s outlying areas, the BBMP has written to the state government seeking immediate allocation of Rs 300 crore to fix dug-up roads in 110 villages that joined the civic body’s jurisdiction 13 years ago.
The civic body has stated that it will require Rs 1,168 crore to repair all roads, which have been damaged because of BWSSB’s Cauvery pipeline and sewerage works and laying of underground cables by agencies. To fix the dug-up portions, it needs Rs 259 crore immediately.
The villages are spread across Mahadevapura, Dasarahalli, Yelahanka, Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Bommanahalli.
Residents of 110 villages have been complaining of poor roads and difficulties in commuting, but BBMP has turned a blind eye for a while. “The roads are in bad shape for the past two years. The MLA promises action during visits, but nothing happens on the ground,” said Shivaprasad Rajan, a resident of Junnasandra. Praharsha Nandig, a software employee and resident of Junnasandra, said: “When I need to give directions to my friends to reach home, I just say to cross the mud track because there are hardly any roads.”
In Mahadevapura, Yelahanka, and Bommanahalli, the roads are in a non-motorable state, while in Dasarahalli and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, they are slightly better.
“The UGD works are almost complete here and BWSSB has laid the roads, but they are uneven, causing a challenge to commuters,” said Rakesh Gowda, resident of Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
According to data accessed by STOI, Mahadevapura has nearly 150 development works and their execution will cost Rs 431 crore. To fix up the dug-up portions, Rs 93 crore is required.
As the project is being taken up in phases, initially the first phase will commence once Rs 300 crore is released for works, said Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner. “We understand the situation and want to ensure easy commute. Once the funds are released, we’ll work relentlessly to fix roads,” he said.

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