Nagawara Junction ‘caves’ for attention
Ongoing GAIL pipeline work, 30 large potholes and rising dust pollution have made the commute unbearable for city motorists at this junction If the number of potholes at Nagawara Junction on the Outer Ring Road is anything to go by, it seems that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has forgotten to take penal action that they had announced, against the engineers who failed to do their job. The Karnataka High Court had also issued directives to the BBMP to fill up potholes, but the civic authority seems unequipped to make the city roads motorable. At Nagawara Junction, while one of the service roads is dug up for laying the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline, the other one is full of potholes. The main junction itself has over 30 large potholes. “We have complained to the authorities concerned several times but nothing has been done to fill up potholes at this junction. It is very tough to use this junction to reach the other side,’’ said Mohammed Ibraheem, general secretary, Nagawara Residential Welfare Association. Here, traffic always moves at a snail’s pace. Potholes also hinder our job and the rising dust is another major issue here –Munikrishna, Traffic Police inspector “No matter the time of the day, one has to spend around 10 minutes at the junction to reach the other side. The number of potholes, slows the traffic and only a few vehicles manage to pass through when the signal turns green,’’ said Yunis Ahmed, president, Nagawara Residential Welfare Association. Expressing frustration, an autorickshaw driver Sampath Raj said, “Motorists are often penalized when they fail to cross this junction, but the delay is caused while navigating the potholes.” DJ Halli Traffic Police Inspector Munikrishna also voiced against the potholes menace. “At Nagawara Junction, the traffic always moves at a snail’s pace. Potholes are a major inconvenience and it hinders our job, trying to monitor vehicular movement. This dust is also another issue here. This a health hazard for everyone. I have already informed the BBMP authorities to fill the potholes,’’ said Munikrishna. A traffic police constable, on a condition of anonymity, said the delay in filling up the potholes is making life miserable. “It has become tough for me to regulate the vehicular movement due to the dust. The authorities must act quickly,’’ the traffic police constable said. Meanwhile, HBR Layout ward corporator P Anand assured measures were being taken to restore the service road that was dug up for laying GAIL pipeline. “No one brought this to my notice until now, I will look into the matter and direct the BBMP engineers to fix it,’’ the corporator said.