Delay in executing the development work of the pit-filled Aziz Sat Double Road, also known as Mahadevapura Main Road, between leaders of Congress and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Narsinghpur Assembly constituency in Mysuru.
The road passing through densely populated areas of Narasimharaja assembly constituencies including Shantinagar and Ghusianagar while connecting Udayagiri Circle to Shatagalli bus depot has become a picture of neglect with stone pelting in view of the uneven stretch of road. Over the past few years, commuting on the road, which has seen a considerable boom in traffic, is becoming increasingly challenging for motorists.
After the SDPI called for protests against the delay by the authorities in carrying out the repair work last week, the protesters gathered on the road and expressed their anger against MCC corporators from nearby areas, mostly Congress-related , And area MLA Tanvir Sait. They raised slogans against the officials and threatened to hold demonstrations in front of the houses of elected representatives if work was not taken in a month’s time.
SDPI leader Abdul Majeed, who led the protests, said that officials had neither repaired nor repaired the road for the past eight years.
However, within two days of the SDPI protest, a counter-protest was organized by Congress leaders on the street, attended by most of the corporators in the area, including former Mayor Ayub Khan and corporator Ayaz Pasha, who not only claimed that ₹ 2.5 A 30-meter project to widen the road was approved by the SDPI by constructing roadside drains during the last few years, but also clarified that the MCC had already completed the pits at a cost of ₹ 29.5 lakh. A tender for filling up was approved.
Mr Pasha said that the pits would start filling up in the next month and alleged that the SDPI staged its protest to claim political brown points.
However, the contentious issue of land acquisition is facing hurdles to widen the road to 30 meters. Officials said about 4.5 meters of land should be produced to widen a total of 103 structures on the road. Meanwhile, a section of landowners also approached the court seeking compensation if they left the land for widening.
Citing the officials, Mr. Khan said that it is difficult to give compensation to the officials because the land to be acquired is revenue land.
However, Mr. Majeed of SDPI said that the authorities should provide compensation to the land losers as per the provisions of the law. But until the problem is resolved, the authorities should make the road motorable.
Meanwhile, MCC officials said that the road repair work would start in a month at a cost of ₹ 29.5 lakh, but the road widening work would be started only after the land acquisition case was resolved.