DHARWAD: Residents on Tuesday forced an official of the Hubballi-Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System (HDBRTS) to drink contaminated water that had accumulated near an apartment at Vidyagiri. The residents of Shettar Colony-Bagalkot petrol bunk stretch staged a protest and blocked the busy Hubballi-Dharwad Road to vent their ire against HDBRTS.
They alleged that BRTS had damaged drainage lines and safety tanks while taking up work on the stretch. No public agency has attended to their grievances, residents alleged.
When they demanded that the officials visit the protest site, HDBRTS company deputy general manager (infrastructure) Basavaraj Keri tried to pacify the residents. But a few of them collected the contaminated water in a mug and asked Basavaraj to drink it. But some residents intervened and stopped it.