BANGALORE: Miller’s Road has been the butt of ‘problems’ for a while now. Nine months ago the road was blocked due to drainage work taken up by the Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB). Then it was said to have been opened to public usage. But their delight at having the road open again was short lived as the part of the road is still blocked.
“When the road was blocked, the traffic was diverted to Thimmaih Road. This road was perpetually blocked, and what took five minutes to traverse through would take upto 45 minutes. Now however, since the roads are open its okay, but crossing the the dug-up stretch near the signal on Miller’s Road is a tedious task,” says Sarita, a college student. She also said that during the evenings the stretch could pose as a potential threat as the road suddenly gets constricted where the work is in progress.
The local Corporator of Vasant Nagar, Katta Jagadish clarified that Miller’s Road has been dug up to widen the storm water drain. “The BWSSB finished their work four months ago. At present the storm water drain construction is going on, he informed. The work that began over nine months ago, according to the corporate is in its final stages. “The work is almost over, however, due to lack of funds the contractor is unable to complete the work,” he added. The reasons for the work as given by the corporator was that since the initial width of the storm water drain was too narrow and would get blocked during the rains, it was necessary to increase it’s width. “Vasanth Nagar would see water logging because of the same,” said the corporator.
The Chief engineer on the issue of storm water drain, he was unavailable for any comments.