Following the steps from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to fix potholes and pay Rs 500 as compensation to citizens if their complaints were not taken up within 24 hours of being submitted, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has also announced that it will be filling up potholes in the city. According to a survey done by engineers of the BBMP, there are around 15,000 potholes in Bengaluru.
Initially, the civic body was pinning the blame on the heavy rains in Bengaluru and no concrete action had been taken even after repeated complaints from the residents. Kheerthan Karunakar, a resident of Horamavu said, “It is almost like the government is preparing us for off-roading competitions when we see the condition of the roads in our area. It is high time that the concerned authorities work towards making all local roads navigable.”
Reportedly, the repair work was to begin in September this year. Somashekar, BBMP Chief Engineer for road widening said that the project was delayed as the road survey was conducted in October. Somashekar also blamed the heavy rains for the delay in the project. Somashekar said, “It is impossible to fill potholes during the rains. Even if we do, the asphalt will not stay. That is why we waited for the rain to stop. There was a small delay in conducting the survey but it was completed in October and the survey was not done in all the zones. We have started the repairs now.”