Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Saturday said that the BBMP should ensure Bengaluru is free of garbage by October 31, ahead of a petition on the issue coming up for hearing.
The court, which held a special sitting on Saturday to hear matters related to potholes, condition of city roads and storm water drains, orally observed that the commission constituted by the court should intervene to make the BBMP do its job. It said an engineer from another branch should tell BBMP engineers on basic specifications of filling up potholes.
The court-constituted commission, submitting a report on its inspection of ongoing pothole-filling work taken up by BBMP, expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of work done by the Palike. But it also said that the work done in areas they inspected during their last visit was as per technical specifications.
When the division bench, headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, observed that it expects the BBMP to submit that there are no potholes in Bengaluru, the Palike assured the bench that it will strive hard to fix them in coordination with BWSSB.
The court then asked the BBMP to inform the court commission about areas where it will fill potholes till November 2. Earlier, the palike submitted that it has hosted all the details regarding potholes in various parts of the city on its website. The court also asked the BBMP to file a progress report on the work done with regard to SWDs till November 2.
The court commission has suggested mandatory use of pothole cutter machine for cutting potholes in a rectangular shape, and also using automatic asphalt filling machine with inbuilt roller and vehicle mounted to achieve proper quality of work.
When a senior advocate appearing for BWSSB shared a joke over driving to attend funeral at the cemetery by using a GPS system, Chief Justice Maheswari added that though everyone is aware of one's final destination, but it is the journey which has to be smooth. For that the road has to be pothole free! The court hall erupted with laughter.