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Shoddy road work leaves residents in a difficult situation

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Caught between a shoddy attempt at fixing the streets and the aftermath of it, the people of S.B.M Colony, Mathikere are stuck in a difficult situation that does not seem to let up.

Due to the heavy rainfall in the latter half of May and early June, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) in order to clean the streets of grime and gutter, dug up paved roads to re-install new pipes that would redirect sewage and rain water in a more efficient manner.

The problem affecting the residents of S.B.M Colony is that the roads which were dug up were never re-laid properly afterwards, and it has been the bane of people’s lives for over four weeks.

R.K. Rajshekar, a resident of S.B.M Colony said, “I have been living here for 12 years. These roads were never laid up as it should be after people from BBMP installed these pipes. It has been over a month now and they still haven’t fixed this entire stretch of road.”

He also stated that during rains the road becomes muddy for commuters riding their vehicles which may cause an accident. School buses and autos also find it difficult to maneuver because the road is uneven.

Mr Rajshekar and other residents of the Colony have complained to BBMP before, but to no avail.

When asked for comments, BBMP officials said that they had noted people’s complaints and would act on it as soon as possible. They refused to comment further.

– Sumit Dasgupta


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