Karnataka High Court case tomorrow, potholes still dot Bengaluru

Deccan Chronicle.  | Aknisree Karthik

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The court had told the BBMP to utilize Dasara holidays to fill potholes, as roads will be relatively free from traffic.

A pothole on Nandidurga Road (Photo:Samuel R.)

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court had told the BBMP to utilise Dasara holidays to fill the city’s potholes, but the civic body has miserably failed. The court on Tuesday will hear a petition in this regard.

In fact, a top BBMP official said that pothole-filling work got slowed down due to rains, festivals and long weekend and will resume from Monday.

Even on Goodshed Road, Sultan Road, Lalbagh Road, Wilson Garden and other areas, where the BBMP has carried out pothole-filling work, motorists say that they are still not pothole-free. The citizens are left wondering that if even high court’s intervention cannot wake up the BBMP from its slumber then what will? 

With the High Court’s deadline to fill the city’s potholes ending with Dasara, it will on Tuesday hear a petition related to it.

The court had told the BBMP to utilize Dasara holidays to fill potholes, as roads will be relatively free from traffic. But the holidays are over but thousands of potholes are easily visible on city roads.

Even on stretches where the BBMP has worked to fill potholes such as Goodshed Road, Sultan Road, Lalbagh Road, Wilson Garden and other areas, motorists claim there are potholes.

“Does the city need a civic body like BBMP which is full of lethargy and corrupt officials? We are paying hefty taxes and still we have to live with the potholes,” said Rishab, a motorist.

He further questioned why the BBMP shouldn’t be superseded if it is not able to serve its citizens with the very basic facilities like roads.

“If the civic bodies are not waking up even after high court intervention, then there is none who can save the city,” said Deepthi, a resident of Nandi Durg Road, which is dotted with many potholes.

A top BBMP official, however, said due to rains, festivals and long weekend pothole filling in the city had taken a beating.

“Rains affected pothole filling exercise and also worsened the city roads by creating new potholes. We will resume pothole filling from Monday.”

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