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Activist writes to Transport Minister on change in road width

With no response from authorities to repeated complaints about the reduction of the road width in the project to develop a link road under Central Road Fund (CRF), activist and physician Mrutyunjay Sindhur has now written to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping. Dr. Sindhur had earlier written to the municipal authorities and others concerned on the matter, but has not received any response from them till date.

The road in question is the Kamaripet Police Station to Unakal Cross, which is going to be one among the busiest roads in Hubballi, once the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) between Hubballi and Dharwad becomes operational. Dr. Sindhur’s complaint is that the road which is being developed under CRF is designated as an 18 metre wide road under the Comprehensive Development Plan.

However, the authorities, while calling for tenders and initiating work have reduced the width of the road to be developed. Dr. Sindhur’s allegation is that by reducing the width, the authorities had not only flouted rules but also helped those who had encroached upon the road.

He said that instead of removing the encroachments and widening the road to 18 m as per the CDP, which was the need of the hour, the authorities had defeated the purpose of taking up development of the road. “With no response to the letter on taking remedial measures, I was forced to write a letter to Mr.

Gadkari, whose Ministry has sanctioned Rs.

30 crore for the road development,” Dr.

Sidhur told The Hindu. Meanwhile, the only solace is a letter from the Commissioner of Hubballi Dharwad Urban Development Authority to the Executive Engineer of National Highway Section of Public Works Department – that is executing the work – to initiate work as per the CDP and building line.

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