Hunsur Road Widening Near Jaladarshini Guest House: MP Smells A Rat In Project Execution

Jun 23, 2018

Mysuru:  The controversial straightening or road widening project on the Hunsur Road near Jaladarshini Guest House to rectify the dangerous and accident-prone curve is back in the news after a brief lull. This time, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha expressing his displeasure over the way the project has been implemented.

The MP visited the place yesterday along with Chamaraja MLA L. Nagendra and pulled up the Public Works Department officials for shoddy implementation of the original plan. Alleging that Rs. 12.5 crore has been misused, he gave a deadline of one week to complete the project.

Apart from taking the officials to task, Pratap Simha has urged the State Government to order a probe into the road works. “Those who have misappropriated money in this project have to be booked and if the government does not order probe, we will have to show black flag to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy when he visits Mysuru,” the MP warned.

The original project was to straighten the steep-gradient road to prevent accidents and it involved cutting of over 100 fully-grown trees. Following opposition from the residents and environmental groups, the number of trees to be cut was reduced to six. The work was completed recently and the stretch was thrown open for traffic.

Soon after the traffic was opened, there were complaints of shoddy works and many residents including youth associations alleged that the officials have misappropriated money in the project. Yesterday too, Paduvarahalli Srigandha Yuvakara Sangha staged a demonstration in front of Jaladarshini Guest House demanding a thorough probe. They claimed that the widening of the road had considerably narrowed the pedestrian footpaths on either side of the road.

Source: Star of Mysore