Mandya Dist Min, Mp Not Too Happy With Expressway Work | Mysuru News – Times of India

Mandya: Mandya district minister K Gopaliah and MP Sumalatha Ambareesh on Saturday inspected the work on Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway from Nidaghatta in Maddur to Srirangapatna. During the inspection, the minister listened to the complaints of the public and instructed the officials to attend to them. Heeding the request of people, the minister instructed the authorities to construct an underpasses at five important places.
Complaining to the duo about the officials’ apathy, people said they are facing problems due to unscientific design. They said the villagers also use the road and their needs should also be factored in. “This should have been planned before the start of the project,” they said. The MP complained that due to unscientific design and poor execution of works, rainwater is flowing to agriculture fields, leaving the farmers in distress.
Gopaliah told reporters the size of the lanes of the expressway is good. However, the service roads connecting the surrounding villages are badly designed and developed, he added.
Some loopholes were found during the inspection, and the officers were instructed to fix them in five days. “We will review the expressway work after a month,” he said.
MLA M Srinivas and DC S Ashwathi were present.
JD(S) claims irregularities
The JD(S) on Saturday alleged that a lot of irregularities have taken place in the ongoing Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway works and said the party will file a complaint with Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on September 7. Magadi MLA A Manjunath told reporters that a lot of irregularities have taken place in the disbursement of compensation to farmers who lost their land to the project and also in the roadworks. There are instances where the original owners have not got compensation, he claimed.
The MLA said that a total of Rs 80 crore is being spent to build 1km of road, but neither the facilities nor the quality of road is worth the money. There are no fuel stations, hotels or trauma centres on the 119km access-controlled expressway. “Even the recent floods along the expressway were mainly because of unscientific design and substandard work,” he claimed.
Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former minister HD Revanna have sought an appointment with Gadkari on September 7 to apprise him of the situation and seek an inquiry, he added.