Dug-up roads and traffic snarl-ups greet Bengalureans | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Dug-up roads, potholes and incomplete civic works welcomed citizens on the first day of Unlock on Monday. Many people criticised BBMP and other agencies, asking why they didn’t use the lockdown period to wrap up works.
The ongoing Bengaluru Smart City project caused traffic snarl-ups in the central business district (CBD). Roads shrunk because of digging and in some places, one side of the stretch was completely blocked.

City back to business as government announced relaxations in lockdown on Monday.
Rajesh, a startup employee, stepped out of his house to replace his laptop on Monday, travelling from Deepanjali Nagar to Indiranagar via Mysuru Road. He said that he was disappointed with civic agencies’ slow approach. “Nothing has changed from before the lockdown. I wonder what the agencies were doing all these days,” he said.
Some officials said that labour and machinery shortages and rain disruptions had caused delays. But a few other BBMP officials told TOI that they were focused on Covid-19 when they were given additional responsibilities.
Of the 32 roads taken up for redevelopment under the Smart City project, only 11 roads spanning 7km are ready. Work on the rest, running 27km, is still underway. Mallesh P, who drives a tempo traveller, said that the condition of Mysuru Road near Kengeri had not improved. “There are more potholes now,” he said.
BBMP chief engineer (projects) Lokesh M told TOI that despite challenges, many road works were completed during the lockdown. “Vehicles used for asphalting works were not available and workers who were with us left after the lockdown was imposed. However, we took up roads that see traffic congestion on priority and completed the asphalting work,” he said. Chief engineer (road & infrastructure) BS Prahalad also said that there was labour disruption, but BBMP was able to pool resources and complete crucial works. He has taken charge as chief engineer at Bengaluru Smart City Limited. “We have been able to gain momentum in completing road works, but there were challenges, including rainfall. In the coming days, rain will play a crucial role in the progress of road asphalting,” he added.

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