I hurt myself while walking to work. I had to get four stitches on my leg. It cost me Rs 3,000,” said MV Murali Krishna (32) an employee of U.S. Polo Association outlet at New BEL Road. Krishna is not the only one to get hurt while walking on the pavements of New BEL Road. “Stepping on any slab on the footpath is dangerous as they are all very shaky. One of our employees was hurt when he stepped on a slab that was shabbily laid. I have seen many get hurt due to the improper laying of slabs. The authorities had promised to complete the work before the elections but it wasn’t done. And now the work has stopped completely. We tried to contact Ward authorities, but they said the work is not under their purview,” said K. Chandrahas, a shopkeeper. As part of road maintenance, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) began its slab-laying in the one-kilometre footpath, adjacent to New BEL Road in Mathikere, in March. The work continued for about three weeks and suddenly stopped. For more than two months, since mid-April, the concrete slabs are lying in the pathway without being laid, causing major inconvenience. Now, there is a cloud of uncertainty about the completion of the work. At many places, these slabs are mounted one on top of the other, blocking the shops. Many shopkeepers have alleged drop in their sales due to these inconvenient slabs in front of their shops. There are over 50 shops in the area. I hurt myself while walking to work. I had to get four stitches on my leg. It cost me Rs 3,000 –MV Murali Krishna, Employee at New BEL Road The road falls under the Radhakrishna Ward (No. 18). When contacted, Ward work inspector and engineer washed their hands off the issue and blamed BBMP’s Road Infrastructure Wing. Malatesh, Executive Engineer of the Road Infrastructure Department of the BBMP promised that the work will restart in a week. “There was some confusion regarding white-topping New BEL Road. Now it has been clarified and we will begin the work soon,” he said.