Even as its own self-imposed deadline for making Bengaluru pothole-free ended on Sunday (10 November), the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike still need to complete the task of filling over 1,000 potholes across various parts of the city.
In response to complaints of pothole-ridden roads pouring in from various parts of city, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) set 10 November as the deadline to make the city pothole-free.
BBMP uploads the details of the potholes filled on major and other roads in different zones on its website for the public to verify. Under each entry, there may be multiple potholes that have been filled on a particular stretch. Other details such as whether the road is under the defect-liability period, who the contractor is, road ID number, and before and after photos, along with the time have all been uploaded.
Mayor M Gowtham Kumar said that though the officials and contractors were racing to meet the civic body’s deadline to fill potholes across the city by Sunday, heavy downpour on Saturday (9 November)) put a dampener on the progress of the work.
Deccan Herald quoted BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar as saying that the civic body had filled 9,319 potholes out of the 10,656 it had identified during a survey. Of the unfilled potholes, there are 321 in the west zone, 279 in Bommanahalli, 207 in Yelahanka and others.
Last week, the frenetic pace at which potholes were plugged has caused traffic snarls in several parts of Bengaluru. Several commuters have complained that the slow-moving Python machines are congesting the roads. BBMP commissioner B H Anil Kumar however said that while the Python machines take time, they fill potholes scientifically and accurately with its hot mix mechanism.