India Today impact: Minister KJ George inspects Bengaluru roads riddled with potholes, promises action
Bangalore Development minister K J George decided to hit the roads and monitor the road laying and pothole filling in the middle of the night. The minister has assured that the two week deadline given by Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah will be met.
It is literally a race against time for Bengaluru's civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) as they try to complete filling all the identified potholes in the city within the deadline set by the Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.
Bangalore Development minister K J George decided to take things in his hand as he realised that his department has been facing too much flak for the potholes and bad state of roads in Bengaluru. Taking a cue from the innovative protests that have been taking place, George decided to hit the roads and monitor the road laying and pothole filling in the middle of the night.
George along with the city's mayor, Sampath Raj and BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad went on a inspection between 2 am and 4 am.
The minister began his inspection from Chalukya circle and went on to visit several areas on north and central Bangalore which included roads around Anjaynagar, BEL road and Hebbal. The inspection which went till the early hours of the morning saw several BBMP engineers and workmen showing the minister and his team the work that is being done.
There are some roads which have huge potholes and some which have been ruined by rains.
"See, you have seen the rains in Bengaluru, many of our roads were damaged and there have been a lot of potholes. They have been working day and night to meet the deadline and also make Bengaluru's roads the best in the country", said K J George to India Today.
But the opposition call this a gimmick and an eyewash.
"The opposition should not speak like this, rather they should help us as it is for the city of Bengaluru and we all live in it, George quipped.
While touring the city near Sanjaynagar and Thanisandra, the K J George highlighted the use of an imported road laying machine called the Python. Three pythons have been put to use in the city to help identify, fill potholes and later lay the road to make it even.
"The rains did not allow us to lay the roads. Since it has not rained for 48 hours, the CM directed us to continue the work. We have decided to continue laying the roads and make Bengaluru roads motorable", said the city mayor.
The 15-day deadline that was set by the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has put pressure on the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP), especially the commissioner who has also been monitoring the work day and night.
It was based on his input that the minister set out in the middle of the night to inspect the areas that have been worst affected by potholes.
"The CM had set a deadline of two weeks, since then day and night work has been taking place and we just wanted to show how work takes place day and night. This visit will motivate them to work and deliver better and faster", said the BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad to India today.
The authorities are quite confident that they will be able to meet the two week deadline that expires on Monday, October 23.
"You will be able to skate through the streets of Bangalore in a couple of months, said K J George just as he brought his midnight inspection to a finish.