Businesses suffer as civic work hangs on BVK Iyengar Road

Businesses on BVK Iyengar Road have seen a slump in business owing to a delay in civic work.

Sromona Bhattacharyya

Construction that is still going on at BVK Iyengar Road even after four months of it's onset

Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Delay in civic work has left retailers on BVK Iyengar Road in a state of despair owing to losses incurred. It has been close to four months since the work first began on the right side of the already congested road.

“This road construction has cost my business a lot. There has been a 75 per cent decline in my business ever since they started with the repair work,” said Dinesh Kumar, owner of an electrical shop in the area.

He blamed the slump in business on the construction work. He also added that earlier customers could park their two wheelers conveniently on the side of the road and shop, which they are unable to do as of now.
He said that even a big festival like Deepawali couldn’t attract as many customers since they refused to come to the shops.
Manoj, manager at PK Lamps said that the business of his shop has come down from Rs 25,000 to 30,000 a day to approximately Rs. 10,000 a day.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials said that they will complete the work within a month of its starting; however, they keep on delaying it added Manoj.

Krishna Murthy C, a local auto driver said that there is not much space left on the road for the vehicles which not only adds to the chaos but makes it difficult for vehicles and pedestrians to navigate as well. The footpath is hardly of any use since there are street hawkers that narrow it down even further.

The BBMP had dug up half of the road for laying concrete pipelines; work which was originally set for a month was delayed by almost four months.
Govind Raju, BBMP Chief Engineer said that they have been doing their best to finish the project and blames the delay primarily on the incessant spells of October shower.

“The concrete has already been laid, if there is no more rains, the work will not take more than 20 days to be completely over,” he added.

However, some retailers fear that given the delay, it might take longer than the stipulated amount of time.


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