Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started filling potholes across the City, with the target to repair bad roads by November 10. While the repair is likely to provide much needed relief to commuters, there is a general apprehension about the quality of repair and it’s durability.
While almost all the roads in Bengaluru are in bad condition, pothole filling work is being undertaken in several places including Agaram, HSR Layout, Arakere, Sanjaynagar 80 feet rd, RR Nagar, Garudacharpalya, Hennur-Bagalur, Ramamurthy Nagar etc. The BBMP has neither disclosed the total kilometre of roads that are being repaired nor the amount being allocated for the exercise.
“With a view to meet its own deadline of Nov 10, BBMP has taken up pothole filling on a war-footing,” B.H Anil Kumar tweeted on Friday with pictures of repair works being taken up on different roads.
The major roads including Bannerghatta road, Kanakapura road, Tumkur road and a part of Outer Ring road, Old Madras Road, Mysore Road and Old Airport road are in non-motorable condition. On stretches where the Metro, BWSSB and BBMP work is being undertaken, the commute has been a nightmare for motorists.
Citizens, however, wonder if the repair work will last long, given that the City is still witnessing heavy rainfall occasionally. “How long do you think this patch work will sustain? One rain fall and we are back to square one. Why can’t we lay good quality roads in the very first place and stop wasting taxpayers money?,” Chandan Padhi wondered in his post on the micro-blogging platform.
Resident welfare associations have also been complaining that the BBMP is doing a shoddy job of filling up the potholes. “Pothole filling on vibgyor school road near Haralur. In the name of filling potholes, contractor has poured small stones in couple of big potholes. All the three pictures are of same Pothole. We don’t accept this quality. BTW, this is best work done in a long time,” Save Haralur said on Twitter.
After sometime, BBMP’s additional commissioner, who is in-charge of Mahadevapura Zone, Randeep D responded to the post and promised action. “This is definitely NOT the right way to fill pothole. Will revert after obtaining details and take corrective action,” he said. In another post, he said: “Strict instructions have been given to all engineers to ensure compliance to the 9 steps to be followed for pothole filling. Geotagged before and after photos are being insisted to ensure transparency and accountability.”