Mysuru: Many thoroughfares in the Heritage City were asphalted and refurbished ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mysuru for International Yoga Day, most of which are in the Central Business District. Residents of several other localities in the city are understandably upset that the roads in their respective neighbourhoods remain in a state of neglect.
Kyathamaranahalli resident Umesh pointed out that work on the road that leads to the locality commenced a month ago, but the authorities concerned were yet to see to its completion. “The old road was dug open, crushed stones were placed atop the remains of the old asphalt, and abruptly, work stopped. When we enquired, we were informed that, since the Model Code of Conduct was in place for the council elections, work would resume only after June 18. But there is no sign of work on the road resuming. The condition of the road has deteriorated further in the wake of recent showers,” Umesh rued.
Other residents pointed out that several alleys and bylanes running inside localities were in a poor state, but continued to be ignored by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). They pointed out that roads, and even junctions, near the hotel where the PM was lodged, had been refurbished in record time, while the common people were forced to endure a long wait for local roads to be repaired.
Mysuru mayor Sunanda Palanetra told TOI, “We had to halt work on repair of several roads since the Model Code of Conduct was enforced ahead of the election to the South Graduates’ constituency in the legislative council. Since there is no such restriction in place now, work on asphalting will resume at the earliest. Corporators will supervise repair of roads in their respective wards.”
Work on repair and refurbishment of several thoroughfares and junctions in Mysuru, estimated to cost Rs 50 crore, would resume from Saturday, she said. “We will issue the work order to repair all the main roads soon. On Saturday, we have organised a ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone for the Siddaganga Swami Junction, being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore in Kuvempunagar,” Sunanda said.