“Work in Progress” this is what Belgaum feels today. Everywhere there is some kind of work going on in view of the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana.
Of the 625 Khokas (small Shops on road side) 310 have been removed from various parts of the city and the remaining will also be removed within 3 days.
All the Khokas on the Sai Mandir road at First gate, Sadashiv Nagar, Nehru Nagar have been removed.
Roads are being re carpeted, road medians are being built, Bus shelters are being painted.
All want the work to be done before the deadline.
Ashoka Circle is being widened and work will be done during the night as there is heavy traffic, the small canteen at the corner (near the IB) was also ordered to be removed but as it comes under the Cantonment, there is some delay.
In the preparatory meet held for the VKS the progress of various works was seen and the officials were asked to expedite their work and work 24×7 and finish the work.
City will be getting 30 Volvo buses, not new ones but old ones from Bangalore. The Sandalwood actors/actress will also grace the occasion with their troupe at the VKS.
Schools/Colleges/hostels are being cleaned, toilets rebuilt/cleaned for the guests to stay during their visit here.
The fort lake is getting ready with landscaping, new games, Floating hotel and the walk way is also being repaired.
But no one is looking at the Fort and its walls, as it comes under the Cantonment.
The works are being done in a haste as the deadline is nearing and hence the quality of work will not be there, said a elderly person to this blog. He also added what is being done is good but if properly done Belgaum would look more beautiful.