The repair of Hunsur-Anechowkoor-Gonikoppa inter-State road, a long-pending demand of the people of Kodagu, is moving at a snail’s pace, much to the exasperation of motorists who have no other choice but to ply via this route.

Though this is supposed to be an inter-State highway, in reality it is worse than a village road — more of crater-like potholes and very less of asphalt remaining. KSRTC buses plying on this route break down frequently and the drivers of lorries laden with goods have to be expert in their jobs to manoeuvre through without tumbling to a side.

Following lot of pressure from the then Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah and MLA Ranjan Appachu, the then PWD Minister C.M. Udasi had sanctioned a sum of Rs. 33 crore for the repair of Hunsur-Anechowkoor stretch and another Rs. 10.5 crore for Anechowkoor-Gonikoppa stretch.

But the funds were released much later, when monsoon was round the corner. Hence the works suffered.

The Hunsur-Anechowkoor stretch of road, coming under Hunsur and Periyapatna PWD, is an epitome of utter neglect, a victim of political rivalry. The plight of the bridge work between Anechowkoor and Thithimathi has also been stalled for no reason.

The Assembly election followed by the by-polls too have been responsible for the delay in road repair works.

During the bhoomi puja (ground breaking ceremony) for the road work performed on Feb. 27, Speaker Bopaiah had directed the Contractor and PWD Assistant Executive Engineer of Hunsur taluk to expedite the work and if the work was to be delayed, at least fill up the potholes so that the motorists are not inconvenienced.

Though the repair work from Hunsur side is meticulous and of good quality (so far), motorists wish that the work be taken up simultaneously from the Anechowkoor end too.

K.R. Manjunath of K.R. Nagar, the contractor for Anechowkoor-Gonikoppa stretch, has only completed about eight kms of repair work as of now.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore