In what can be called mismanagement by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), a road created by spending Crores of Rupees, ahead of PM Modi’s visit, succumbed a day later, on Tuesday.
Road repair Goes in Vain
The Jnana Bharthi main road in southern Bengaluru was the road that was redecorated. The municipal body covered around a 3.6-km stretch in the area that falls under the Bengaluru university campus. The Prime Minister used the road to travel to the Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University on Monday.
According to the reports, the road, which was made ready ahead of Modi’s visit on Monday, succumbed a day later after a spell of overnight rain. It was part of the Rs 23 crore road development project undertaken as a protocol for the visit.
BBMP (@BBMPCOMM ) spent Rs 23 crore to develop 14kms of multiple road stretches in city as a preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ visit to #Bengaluru #roads #YogaDay #development #BBMP pic.twitter.com/Zd9WuunZsh
— Shreyas HS (@shreyas_ToI) June 21, 2022
The BBMP had explained the emergency works undertaken for the PM’s visit. “Workers have worked day and night to finish the work within a week as the protocol necessitated it”, Ravindra PN, Special Commissioner, BBMP, had said.
Authorities play the blame game
The portion of the damaged road near the university campus, now, brings risks to motorists. The road was earlier redecorated in April but had succumbed. However, repeated complaints to the municipal body were always ignored.
The BBMP engineers doubt that a leaking water or sewage pipeline underneath the surface has resulted in the damage. They blamed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) engineers for not repairing a leaking sewage pipeline underneath the surface that resulted in the incident. However, the BWSSB clarified that there was no leakage in the valve chamber.
“No one bothered to check the quality of asphalting. It is a very important road that connects Nagarabhavi, Ullal, and other areas. Two-wheeler riders are vulnerable to accidents now. I want the BBMP engineers to fix this problem as early as possible for the benefit of thousands of motorists who commute on this road,’’ said Narayana Gowda, a resident.
BBMP'S substandard work exposed again. This strech of road was asphalted on Saturday for PM Modi's visit to Bengaluru. But one spell of rain resulted in the top layer of the asphalt peeling off. All those who were happy about roads being asphalted for PM's visit need to rethink. pic.twitter.com/faGuTpUKPd
— Harish Upadhya (@harishupadhya) June 20, 2022
PM Modi inaugurated the new campus of Dr. BR Ambedkar School of Economics University on Monday and also disclosed Ambedkar’s statue. He also inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research and laid the foundation stone for Bagchi Parthasarathy Multispeciality Hospital at the Indian Institute of Science.
Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University is a tribute to the intellectual prowess of Dr. Ambedkar. The new campus of this institution will benefit several students. The new tech hubs which have been inaugurated will also be a boon for our Yuva Shakti. pic.twitter.com/QWKUnp3pD0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2022