Chamarajanagara: Incessant rainfall during harvesting season has exposed poor quality road works in the District.
The District has received more than 30 per cent of normal rainfall this year. The long rainy season has caused damage to the State Highway, major district roads in the District. Most roads in rural areas are ridden with potholes. The road connecting Talabetta to Male Mahadeshwara Hills has become unmotorable up to 18 kilometres. The Chamarajanagara- Santhemaralli road up to one kilometre too has become unmotorable. The National Highway 209 passing through Kollegala town also was filled with potholes which was repaired NHAI authorities in the last week.
The Zilla Panchayat has conducted survey of damaged roads through Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development but the organisation is yet to submit the report.
Sources said that owing to MLC polls the submission of report is being delayed. ZP Chief Executive Officer K. M. Gayathri said that the government has instructed to conduct survey of damages. The exact damage on roads can be known only after the submission of report.
Further, Public Works Department Executive Engineer Vinay Kumar said that the department has submitted a report to Deputy Commissioner’s office about the damage to the roads. He said the roads were not damaged owing to rains, He said increased vehicular traffic and unrepaired potholes has caused more damage to roads as the potholes have widened. He added that a proposal has been sent to higher authorities to construct permanent road up to 17 kilometres on Male Mahadeshwara Hills stretch.
Stating that even before rains the road was filled with potholes, he informed that the heavy trucks carrying sand and stones have left the roads damaged. The Chamarajanagara–Mysuru road is completely damaged up to a kilometre leading to Bendaravadi lake. The road was repaired just three months ago during the visit of President of India and Chief Minister for an inauguration function of a super speciality hospital.
The two-wheeler riders in Hullepura–Belavadi road in Gundlupet Taluk are irked at the government for neglecting to repair the pothole-ridden roads.
Sundar Raj, rider from Belavadi said that poor repair works has caused frequent repair to roads. He said that the contractors do not use tar in required quantities that causes potholes very frequently. He said that the potholes are widening by the day owing to rains and plying of multi-axel trucks.
Further, the roads have not been repaired in Kollegala Taluk since last two years. Siddayyanapura Gram Panchayat Member Shashi Kumar said that the elected representatives from the taluk did not question officers about poor maintenance of roads. She said that the people are waiting for next election to teach a lesson to the elected representatives. She said that the villagers have planned to file a complaint with lokayukta on poor quality roads works being undertaken. She said that the State Government should cancel the licenses of the contractors and also black list them.