'Rs 1,600-cr damage due to rain; 12K potholes to be filled'

'Rs 1,600-cr damage due to rain; 12K potholes to be filled'

Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister K J George said the damage caused due to heavy rain that has been lashing the city over the last month has been around Rs 1,600 crore.

He said the loss caused to the infrastructure and public property is still being analysed.

George told reporters at an event that of the 24,000 potholes identified in the city, nearly 12,000 have been filled and work on filling the rest is in progress.

Asked if he would be able to meet the deadline set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to fill potholes, George said it is a direction from the chief minister.

“We are doing our best and hope to meet the deadline. The chief minister set his deadline on October 9 to fill potholes in the city 15 days which will end on October 24,” he said.

“There are infrastructure works worth Rs 3,600 crore still pending. Work like asphalting and white-topping of roads, construction of storm water drains, shoulder drains and laying of footpaths under TenderSure project have to be executed,” George added.

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