Portion of KG Road caves in; civic agencies indulge in blame game

Portion of KG Road caves in; civic agencies indulge in blame game

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-08-02 19:46 Bengaluru: A portion of the KG Road near Majestic caved in on Tuesday, but no one was injured. The 6ft deep cave-in, onlookers said, occurred right after a goods auto passed on the stretch.Anita V, who travels by this route every day, said civic agencies were blaming each other instead of taking responsibility.Hegga Reddy, Chief Engineer, Metro Underground Works, visited the spot and laid the blame on the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board. “The water pipeline might have caused the damage. We have barricaded the area and the vehicle movement has been stopped. Seven loads of quarry dust and concrete was poured to fill in the cavity," he said.Vasanth Rao, Chief Public Relation Officer, BMRCL, said Metro had been operating since 2011 but no complaints pertaining to road cave-ins near Metro lines had been reported so far.“BWSSB has put a water pipe measuring 16 inches. In case it had been damaged, water could have seeped in and caused the road to cave-in. However, the Metro runs 60 feet below the ground and there is no need to worry as our engineers have fixed the sinkage,” said Rao.Ramesh Chakravarthy, Executive Engineer, BWSSB Central Division, said the portion of the road had caved in due to poor tarring of the road. "The stretch was damaged due to poor tarring. The contractors would have covered the area with sand, mud and poured a layer of tar. But thousands of vehicles pass on this stretch and the road would have caved in as a result,” he said.Mayor Manjunath Reddy lashed out at engineers for shoddy work. "We had sent notices, asking engineers to use the ward grant of Rs 10 lakh for such repair work," said Manjunath Reddy.