The traffic management mess at K R Circle is well known, with many commuters dreading the signals that were reinstalled there earlier this year. However, now, commuters have to contend with another problem along with the long waits — sewage overflowing on to the road from the campus of the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE).
There are four manholes in the premises of UVCE, which are often blocked and as a result, sewage overflows on to the road.
Manju, an auto driver says, “The sewage accumulates right at the end of the road where commuters stop when the traffic signal turns red. The foul smell forces many of us to cross the signal and stand near the Circle.”
The sewage also seeps in to unfilled potholes near UVCE. “Mosquitoes are breeding in the sewage around the campus, which is a threat to our health,” says Karthik, a student at UVCE. He added students find the stench from the sewage unbearable as it can be felt around the campus.
Dr Chittappa, associate professor, UVCE, said staff and students of the institution have now gotten used to the situation. He said attempts to raise the issue with the officials concerned had gone in vain.
When contacted, BWSSB chief engineer T Venkata Raju said he would personally inspect the area and fix the blocked manhole chambers at the earliest.
Mayor B S Satyanarayana assured that the issue would be given priority and be resolved jointly by the BBMP and BWSSB before the end of the year.