Ranka Colony road, off Bannerghatta road, is a good example of the city’s horrendous infrastructure. There are at least ten apartments, with around 2000 flats, along the road.
This road has been in poor condition since the last 10 years. Rainwater would enter apartments, rising up to seven feet high, damaging parked vehicles and entrapping residents. Over the years BBMP has dug the road many times, but never fixed it.
BBMP again dug up the road last year, which has only caused more trouble. A 1600-m storm water pipeline is being laid along the service lane from Bannerghatta main road to Madivala tank.
Now there is no space for pedestrians to walk. On one side of the road, the drain has been left open. When it rains it is impossible for pedestrians to walk without falling onto the ground or into the drain. The work was not started on residents’ request. Despite many complaints from residents there is no improvement either, though BBMP now says that work will be completed soon.
Some shops have had to relocate from one side of the road to the other. Many accidents have occurred in this road, and many people have been badly injured. The residents have to jump across parts of the road; it is a wonder some of us are still alive.
BBMP has completed work in front of Ranka Colony apartments and are now starting work in front of Mantri Terrace apartment. Electrical poles, BSNL cables, sanitary and water supply lines will be dug up. BBMP expects us to make alternate arrangements for these until the work is complete.
Work has been going on for a year and should have been complete by now. But workers come and go as they please; they work on some days and then disappear for a few days.
Can BBMP not complete the work at a faster pace? If not, the road will be destroyed again during monsoon. BBMP should send supervisors to make sure that work is done everyday and not once in a blue moon. They should also ensure use of better equipment.