BENGALURU: Thippasandra Main Road is a major connecting road providing for almost everything to residents living nearby. However, it has become a God forbidden road thanks to the BBMP and BWSSB who have failed to lay the pipeline and restore the road at the earliest.
Thippasandra Main Road is dotted with a number of hospitals, temples, supermarkets and roadside shops which has potential to provide a one stop shop for citizens to buy for their daily needs. But the public are facing a tough time to step out on the road or to commute.
Further, residents can neither take their vehicles out nor can they hire private transport as the road has been indiscriminately dug up and huge humps welcome the motorists and walkers.
Walking on this stretch of road is a herculean task as it puts scores of people with health issues particularly those afflicted with bronchitis-related problems away, said Sumathi, a housewife.
“Office-goers and children going to school suffer a lot. Even school buses are not able to move on the road. Commuting is a challenge on this road as the BMTC buses have also been diverted. Senior citizens and women have to bear the brunt of pipe laying work. Unfortunately, the road has not been restored even after several days,” Sunil Alex rued.
After the heavy rains through August and October, the area has succumbed to heavy damage. Several residents, public transport staff and commuters have complained about the state of the roads. One can find ‘open wells' or pits throughout the road, making it a highly accident-prone zone, he added.
Locals also complain about dust and wastage of water. “It’s not a litre or two, but hundreds are being wasted every day,” says Madhav, a local shop owner.
“Despite several complaints to BBMP, the authorities still remain oblivious to citizens’ woes and to take up road repair works. Several locals are confused regarding the actual reason for taking up construction work this November. Few seem to be aware that pipes are being fitted,” Madhav said. Frequent commuters to Whitefield and K.R Puram find themselves stuck and stranded on these roads due to traffic jams and rains, he added.