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Bengaluru bad roads: Citizens offer boat ride to shame government for not repairing road since 12 years

As Karnataka  MLA M Krishnappa failed to attend to decade-old bad road issue in Kanakapura main road and successive governments also failed to repair damaged roads, hundreds of residents from surrounding areas held a protest in an unique way.

The resident's welfare association platform, Changemakers of Kanakapura Road hired coracles and started to offer a 'free ride' over 6 kms bad stretch. Some even planted paddy saplings.

Seeing the protest exposing the lack of apathy from MLA M Krishnappa who is a three-time MLA, the leader rushed to stop and convinced the protesters to end the agitation and also promised to repair the road.

He told the agitators that he has spoken to Bengaluru Development Authority chairman SR Vishwanath and BDA commissioner Rajesh Gowda to speed up the work and told them that the bad stretch will be fixed in 60 days' time from now.

The residents say that they have been highlighting the issues and it fell on deaf ears.

Many residents who are in IT and other fields have to go through the hardship of traveling on this bad stretch of Bengaluru South Assembly segment. In some cases, people have lost balance while riding two-wheelers and have fallen while trying to avoid craters and suffered minor bruises.

Anand Yedwad a resident says with many civic agencies also digging roads and delaying the work, the bad road has become even worse. He said the MLA was hesitant to come to the bad road and asked the protesters to meet him in another place. We lost our patience with the MLA's lame excuse and false promises of repairing the road.

With the IMD department predicting rains till September and with North East Monsoon arriving in November, it appears that the residents will only be able to see patch work as the officials will give the lame excuse of rains impacting development works.