Bengaluru: Residents of Ittina Sarva apartments in Hongasandra, Bommanahalli, find themselves living in the midst of a nightmare.
The approach road to the apartment block is barely eight feet wide at its maximum width. This makes negotiating the road extremely difficult.
Situated off Begur Road, in a very badly planned locality, Ittina Sarva Apartments has to battle this major problem daily. And it is not just this, even the 11th cross road, which is the feeder road to the apartment, is maintained in a sloppy and careless way.
A couple of slabs cover the beginning of the road as one turns off the Begur Main Road into the approach road. Dotted with shops on both sides, the approach road can barely accommodate a vehicle or two.
To top it all, there is a school in the vicinity which sees hundreds of schoolchildren traversing the approach road. To sum up, it is chaos in the area. Local shopkeeper Kathick says the problems are abundant.
“Just look at the road. It is barely 6 feet to 8 feet wide. When a crowd gathers on this road, it is pell-mell chaos. The local school students use the road as well. In the mornings and evenings it gets extremely crowded and dense,” he adds.
Mrs. Ganeshan, a resident of Ittina Sarva Apartments, says the road should be converted into a one-way street. “They should make this approach road a one-way road. The authorities should also try and widen the road if possible,” she opines.
Shishir, who works at Ittina Sarva Apartments, says because the road is narrow, handling two-way traffic is very difficult. “I have to guide every vehicle leaving or coming into the apartment complex. The owners find it very difficult to turn into the apartments. Vehicles have to leave carefully as the road is very narrow and there is constant movement of vehicles.”
Ittina Sarva Residents’ Association (ISRA) secretary Vinitha agrees that the narrow road causes traffic hassles. “The road is very narrow and we have written to the corporator about this. We have to face traffic jams every day. Vehicles find it very difficult to pass.”
The local corporator, Mr. Ramchandra said, “The plans are in place to widen the road. The funds are ready. The TDR (Transferable Development Rights) is the hard part because the locals, whose property has to be razed to widen the road, are not in agreement with the government over the market prices that are being offered.”
The residents of the area have petitioned the local corporator over the massive problems they are facing due to the narrow approach road. The corporator confirms that the work is stuck in the mire due to disagreements over land prices....