Overflowing manhole traders, shoppers at Avenue Road

An overflowing manhole flooding the busy Avenue Road in the heart of the city shocked traders and shoppers already affected by civic work to the rhythm of BenSCL’s snail.

Seen overflowing in the morning, the clogged network remained unattended all day. With no city official to resolve the issue, shoppers and traders wading through the sewage pooping on the road were seen cursing the officials.

They were outraged at the engineers of Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BenSCL). “The road hardly has a suitable path for pedestrians or shoppers. Now the sewage is overflowing. How will customers enter the store if this is the case? Asked a bookseller on the stretch.

“The work of the Smart City project must be done in a smart way without affecting business,” said business activist Sajjan Raj Mehta.

“Despite constant reminders, only some roads have been fully upgraded, also at the intervention of local leaders. Traders are already affected by the Covid-induced lockdown and are once again affected by this situation, ”he added, stressing:“ The volume of business has decreased significantly. “

A saree wholesaler on the stretch said the slowness of the work had dashed any hope for good business during the holiday season.

“We had placed our hopes in the Dasara and Deepavali season. But the dug roads and lack of trails scared buyers away. Now, this prolonged delay and poor maintenance of public services has hit us hard, ”he said.

BenSCL engineers have claimed that the sewage overflow is a temporary problem. “Traders are dumping waste into the open sewers (in the section), which may have blocked the sewer system,” said an engineer overseeing the work here, insisting they clean the drain every night. before starting the work.

The engineer also said that 75% of the work on the section was completed and that they hope to complete the remaining work by February 2022. When the work began in January of this year, traders were promised they would would be completed by June. In reality, however, the work shows no signs of completion.

“It is almost impossible to work during the day due to the heavy traffic on the road,” said a BenSCL official, explaining the delay.

“It used to be supposed to be paved, but later (the authorities) decided to cover the roads with white.”

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