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A one-km stretch on 80 Ft Road that leads to the CM’s residence is being developed at a cost of Rs 9.82 cr. But the pothole-ridden New BEL Road is crying out for some TLC – Tar, Levelling and Concrete

Residents and regular commuters of the New BEL Road would love for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to shower some attention on this stretch. Instead, the 80 Ft road, that connects MS Ramaiah Hospital Junction and Ashwath Nagar Junction, is getting all the tender, loving care (TLC). The 80 Ft Road which leads to the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s residence – Davalagiri in Dollar’s Colony, was asphalted last in 2019 and is now being concretised again. But commuters who use New BEL Road say the craters and potholes on this stretch have not been attended to and are a risk to regular users.

Thousands of motorists coming from BEL Junction towards Sadashivanagar Police Station are struggling to navigate the stretch which has many potholes and craters.

“This road sees a high volume of vehicular traffic when compared to 80 Ft Road. The BBMP should asphalt this road so that it does not pose a threat to motorists’ lives.

The craters and potholes pose a danger to the motorists during the night,’’ said Mohan Krishna, a motorist.

The 80 Ft Road is given importance due to obvious reasons. I am not aware of the bad condition of the New BEL Road. As of now, I am not a corporator. I will try to get the New BEL Road concretised if I get re-elected to the BBMP Council

— M Anand, former corporator, Radhakrishna Temple ward

Stating that he has no power to direct the BBMP engineers to asphalt the road, M Anand, former corporator, Radhakrishna Temple ward, said that he would try to do his best to get the potholes filled. “The 80 Ft Road is given importance due to the obvious reasons. I am not aware of the bad condition of the New BEL Road. As of now, I am not a corporator. I will try to get the New BEL Road concretised if I get re-elected to the BBMP Council

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Residents complain that Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) had dug up the road to lay electric cables but the road has not been restored yet. “A portion of the restored road has already caved in. The stretch that was restored is two to three inches below the surface of the road thus posing a danger to motorists,” said Krishna Gowda, a resident.

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Meanwhile, Hebbal MLA Byrathi Suresh said that he would direct Bescom to restore the road. “Half of the New BEL Road comes under the Hebbal Assembly constituency and the remaining portion comes under the Malleswaram Assembly constituency. I will discuss with Bescom and make arrangements to restore the road shortly,’’ he said.

When informed about the bad condition of the road, BS Prahlad, BBMP Chief Engineer (Road Infrastr­ucture) said that he would look into the matter.

BBMP Commissioner visits 80 Ft Road

On Saturday, Gaurav Gupta, BBMP Chief Commissioner, instructed officials to speed up the white topping work on 80 Ft Road between Ashwath Nagar entrance and MS Ramaiah Hospital Road Junction.
The one-km road is being fixed at a cost of Rs 9.82 crore by the Project Division of BBMP. The work began in May and white topping on both sides was completed in 30 days. The curing process is complete on one side and the road has been opened for traffic while work on the other side is pending.



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