news Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:30
  Less than a month after "world class" roads in Bengaluru’s Central Business District (CBD) revamped under a Tender Sure project (Specifications for Urban Road Extension) was inaugurated, the condition of the stretch reflects the apathetic attitude of both the government and citizens towards public property.    Tender Sure project has been controversial and expensive. Many including The News Minute have questioned whether the stretch with pavements almost the same size as roads will serve its purpose. But that’s beyond the point now. The construction is over and the stretch looks admirable, but the way it is being maintained makes us ask: Does Bengaluru even deserve an international road? The News Minute took a walk on the stretch from Museum Road to the LIC building, and this is what we found.  There are several gaping holes on the pavements, and work on the newly inaugurated road hardly seems to be anywhere near completion. When TNM asked one of the workers about it, he said the holes were dug up for laying pipes. However, this specific pit has been open for several days now.      The stretch in the Central Business District is pock marked with many such cavities.      The road, which has been developed for an estimated Rs 200 crore, is dotted with dustbins for dry and wet waste. But why go searching for a dustbin, right Bengalureans?       Below is the photograph of some garbage dumped on the pavement beside India Garage.     To name a few, we found paan masala packets, toffee wrappers, cigarette butts and covers, pieces of clothes, slippers, glass, paper cups, straws, plastic bottles... the list is long.   Even the flower beds that were supposed to add a touch of elegance are being used as dumping places at many corners.     Balaji, a Class 8 student, frequently uses the stretch while commuting to and from school. "I feel bad about the condition of the roads here. It is our responsibility to keep it clean," he says.   Balaji   Pankaj, who runs a paan shop in the area, recently shifted from Chandigarh to Bengaluru. Though he has installed a dustbin near his store, he still sees how people litter unnecessarily outside his shop. "Mostly educated people come to the shop and yet they litter," he says.    Pankaj   "Seeing garbage scattered all over is an unpleasant sight, but some people are too lazy to look for dustbins," says Harsh, a student of St Joseph's college.    Harsh (left)   Ramana has been working as watchman in the Stracey Memorial High School on St. Mark's Road for 15 years now. He says that the condition of roads has vastly improved now. As for littering, "I never allow the school children to throw anything on the road. It is good that people do not litter in the centre of the pavements," he says.    Ramana   Quite true. Some just dump on the sides.   Here are a few paper cups strewn outside the Volkswagen showroom.     Some who don't have anything to trash on the road, contribute by making graffitis with paan spit.      Some bollards placed on the footpaths had gone missing ahead of the inauguration. Though some BBMP officials claimed that the bollards were probably being stolen as granite fetched a good sum in the market, some people said that speeding bikes ended up breaking or damaging the structures.      And lastly, the drivers. The less said, the better.        All images source: The News Minute      

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