Poor road conditions and an increase in the number of vehicles have made daily travel difficult in localities falling within the Bommanahalli assembly constituency, according to residents.
Janaspandana — Citizens For Change, a civic grievance redress program organized by DH and Prajavani Saturday discussed bottlenecks at Narayana College Junction and Sarakki Signal.
Speaking of Sarakki Signal, a resident asked traffic police to provide a right turn to Banashankari. “Those heading to Banashankari should go to Kadirenahalli which is almost 2.5 km away and takes 15-20 minutes during peak hours,” the resident said.
Some residents said the alternate day parking system failed due to poor enforcement. At 16th Cross, near the Brigade Millenium apartment complex, vehicles parked on the road are causing accidents, they added.
Residents also called for sidewalk encroachments to be removed in various locations and for streetlights to be installed. There were also complaints about garbage collection and black spots, especially on vacant lots.
When residents of the Mantri Sarovar apartment complex complained about how the inspection of vehicles on the service road between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. inconveniences vehicle users, Bommanahalli MLA M Satish Reddy said the exercise had to stop.
“I understand this is a busy road as the metro construction is also underway. I will ask RTO officials to find another location (for vehicle inspection),” he said.
Reddy said plans to build a flyover at Sarakki’s signal had been put on hold due to subway construction.
Several attendees also raised the issue of broken trails and poor roads, saying that major roads and neighborhood roads were in disrepair.
Reddy fumed at the officials. “We have funds. Potholes must be filled in all services. It’s sad that people have to raise these fundamental issues in Janaspandana,” he said.
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Responding to a complaint about the digging of routes for cabling, Reddy said: ‘We hadn’t allowed any service provider to cut routes for almost four years. But now internet connectivity has become essential and we need to give permissions. Neighborhood engineers must ensure roads are properly restored.
“Engineers must take the lead”
Following complaints that officials pass the buck every time citizens complain, Reddy asked neighborhood engineers to take the lead.
“Since there is no BBMP board, we have no corporators. That’s why people contacted service engineers directly. In such cases, service engineers should escalate the complaint to the relevant service and act on it,” he said.
He also suggested that officials maintain regular interactions with citizens and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs).
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