The condition of the footpath at Akkipet has deteriorated to abysmal levels as it has neither been maintained nor attracted any facelift even after the entry of the new government. Broken slabs, uneven footpath and encroachment problems are common here. Narrow lanes here forces the visitors and shopkeepers to park their vehicles on the footpath.
Pedestrians are left with no option but to walk on the footpath. Shopkeepers and vendors further complained that the authorities are negligent and do not take any responsibility to restore the footpaths here.
Speaking about the problem, Pasha, a shopkeeper said, “Though roads are very narrow, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) authorities have allowed motorists and car owners to park their vehicles here, despite, knowing the fact that the lanes lack space. Also, customers find it difficult to make their way to our shops due to the encroachment problem.”
Besides, encroachment problems, uneven footpaths and broken slabs too are common. The shopkeepers complain that despite repeated complaints the authorities have failed to restore the footpath.
“Though we have complained to the corporator about the condition of footpath here, but no action has been taken till date,” said Hanumesh, a vendor in Akkipet. It is due to these reasons, there is hardly any space for the pedestrians to walk. The area Corporator G A Ashwath Narayan was not available for any comments.