BBMP begins work on filling potholes; claims 16,000 fixed

BBMP begins work on filling potholes; claims 16,000 fixed

BBMP begins work on filling potholes; claims 16,000 fixed
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday claimed that it has fixed more than 50% of the potholes in the city.

According to BBMP, there were 30,404 potholes in the city including those on arterial and sub-arterial roads of which it has fixed 16,663 within two days after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah set a 15-day deadline to fill all potholes.

“We started the filling process in Nagawara, HBR Layout, Thippasandra, Maruthi Seva Nagar, Kacharakanahalli, RBI Layout, Ramanjaneya Nagar, Konanakunte, Anjanapura, Vasanthpura, and Hoysala Nagar,” said Bengaluru Development Minister K J George.

He also said workers were on the job despite rain. “Using the Python machine, we are filling potholes on 110 roads, extending 300 km. Roads have been damaged due to Metro Phase 2 work,” added George.

However, he said work will be completed in 15 days. Contracts have been given out to fill potholes on around 500 km length of roads. The civic body will asphalt these roads once the rain recedes. “We have been doing TenderSURE work on 12 main roads,” explained George.

Meanwhile, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said work is going on at a fast pace despite rain.

He also said officials are checking the data of the previous contractors who had laid the roads. “If we find that the maintenance tenure of the contractors is still in force, we will take strict action against them. We will be able to meet the deadline and the workers are using cold mix to fill the potholes,” said Prasad. 

Talking about the rains, he said the city has received the maximum amount of rain in a span of two months which usually comes in a year.

“About 756 mm of rain has been recorded from August 1 to August 6. The average annual rainfall is 900 mm. HSR Layout and Bilekahalli have received 184 mm,” he explained.

The civic body has identified 346 vulnerable locations where it is building stormwater drains.

He also said work is being carried out in Koramangala, Shanthinagar and Vrishabhavathi valley.

The civic body has engaged an international agency Stupp Consultants for a permanent solution.