Potholes turn MG Road into an eyesore

Potholes turn MG Road into an eyesore

 MG Road, the City’s showpiece thoroughfare and the preferred shopping destination, could well earn the sobriquet ‘the most pothole-friendly stretch’.

It ranks right at the top for its numerous potholes, pathetic lanes and uneven footpaths. Craters, big and small, dot the stretch right up to Anil Kumble Circle as one walks by. Among them, the three-foot-wide pothole at Anil Kumble Circle is particularly annoying the motorists.

The Cubbon Park Traffic Police shot off many a letter to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in the past few months but did not get any response.

The latest letter was written just a week ago. “We forward such requisitions to ensure roads are in good condition and accidents avoided,” N K Rangaswamy, Police Inspector at the station, told Deccan Herald.

The BBMP workers have filled potholes at several roads and patched them. Potholes on some more roads would be filled soon, he hoped.

Palike blamed

The Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security), B Dayananda, assured the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) recently that roads would be repaired at the earliest. A police source said that all inspectors had been directed to take up the matter with the authorities concerned.  

A policeman from the Cubbon Park Police Station, Subhan Basha, complained that the
Palike does not fill the potholes in a scientific manner. “They do not remove the stagnant water inside the pothole and fill it haphazardly,” he said.

Traders said there were at least six potholes till Anil Kumble Circle. Sudheendra Kumar, a trader, said: “There are even footpaths on some parts of the road but elsewhere they are so low that when it rains it turns into a drain.”

The BBMP Executive Engineer, S Narasimharaju (Shanthinagar zone), blamed the leaky BWSSB pipes for the mess.

“For the past one-and-a-half month, BWSSB pipelines have been leaking. These pipelines which are more than 20 years old will be replaced within two days,” he promised.

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