Bengaluru: Commuting, and even walking, on 80 Feet Road in Koramangala, an important stretch in this upmarket area is a nightmarish experience, as the road has been in an appalling condition and the footpaths are filled with garbage piles and silt from the drains.
With no footpaths, pedestrians are forced to walk on the road, risking their lives. The road sees heavy traffic and pedestrian movement as it houses a number of government and private offices and commercial spaces.
Mr Janardhan K., a resident of Ejipura, said that he works at a government office on the road. Though it is a walkable distance from home, going to and coming back from office during office hours is herculean.
“I am missing my office login time most days, because of the poor stretch of the road and footpaths. Every time it rains, the road turns into a puddle. Vehicles splash water on office-goers and spoil our dress I shifted my house to save on fuel and the nerve-wracking ride, but it is of no help,” he said.
CM Siddaramaiah last week laid the foundation stone for the ambitious elevated road in Koramangala. “It is unfortunate that the CM did not go through this road that day. If he had, the officials would have done some repair work. This at least would have worked in favour of pedestrians and motorists,” said Mouleesh T., a commuter.
“On the stretch, the worst patch is in front of the Regional Passport Office. Vehicles move slowly to avoid potholes. Garbage is dumped all along the footpath till the Viveknagar traffic junction. This is an eyesore. Officials should take note of these problems and fix them. No point in talking about big projects, like Smart City, when small niggling issues are ignored,” he said.
Adugodi corporator Manjula Sampath Kumar said that after receiving numerous complaints about water logging, desilting of drains has been taken up. “Silt has been dumped on the footpaths and it will be cleared soon. Asphalting too will be done. All the works will be taken up in the next 10 days, she said.