Defence personnel, residents in war of words over destroyed road

Defence personnel, residents in war of words over destroyed road

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-12-08 10:12 Bengaluru: Defence personnel belonging to the Parachute Regiment Training Centre (PRTC) and residents in JC Nagar, Modi Garden, Dinnur, and Kaval Byrasandra are locked in a tussle over the use of small road, which was destroyed by the PRTC reportedly over security concerns.On Monday, defence personnel armed with earth movers destroyed the road which had been newly asphalted by the BBMP.The irony is that more than 12,000 people residing in Modi Garden are ex-servicemen.Ramesh, a resident and ex-serviceman, said when they questioned the defence personnel, they “started arguing with us and also pushed us”. “We have to bear the brunt of travelling on this road," said Ramesh.Ramesh said he was routinely stopped from entering the PRTC campus which houses the canteen, hospital, and other facilities. “Even though we show our ex-serviceman identity cards, we are stopped from entering the campus. They ask us to come in the afternoon or morning even when we have to access bank facilities in the campus," he said. Post-army operation, the stretch has turned into a dirt track, making it almost impossible for vehicle use.In 2013, the HC had ruled that the military should not block the road used by common people and also directed the BBMP to asphalt the road. Following the court order, the BBMP had asphalted the road.Surya, a resident, said it had taken them three months to get the half-a-kilometre stretch asphalted by the BBMP. “But they destroyed the road within three minutes. None of the cabs, autos come here to drop the passenger. They stop on the main road. There are also no street lights on this road," said SuryaAnother resident Nandini said their colony had become extremely dusty following the army operation.According to Suresh, a resident and General Secretary of Kaval Byrasandra Residents' Welfare Association, the army initially blocked the road falling inside their campus and asked residents to use the mud road temporarily for a few months. “After the BBMP asphalted this mud road, they destroyed it. We do not understand their problem. According to the Indian law, a military regiment can be shifted out of the city if it causes problem to the residents but the town or city cannot be shifted," said Suresh.When asked, an army official, on condition of anonymity, cited safety concerns. "Post-Uri attack, we are worried about the safety of our families too. Hence we have blocked the road which is inside the campus," the official said.Following the army operation, BBMP authorities and V Shankar, Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner, chaired a meeting with the higher authorities of the PRTC. The commissioner reportedly told the PRTC personnel to asphalt and not block the roadl. Sources said that if the army failed to obey HC directions, then a contempt of court case can be filed against the PRTC.