Friday, October 16, 2009

Potholes: hold contractors responsible, say ex-mayors

Potholes: hold contractors responsible, say ex-mayors

Special Correspondent
BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should hold engineers and contractors responsible for potholes in the city and should not waste Rs. 50 crore to fill them, former mayors M. Ramachandrappa and J. Huchappa and KPCC spokesman S.T. Somashekar said here on Thursday.

Speaking to presspersons, they said that the roads were asphalted six months ago at a cost of Rs.150 crore and the contractors were bound by a condition that they should repair the roads if they get damaged within one year. They were also contractually bound to maintain them for three years, Mr. Ramachandrappa said.

He urged the BBMP not to waste Rs. 50 crore as announced for filling the potholes, spending Rs. 25 lakh in each ward.

Instead, the engineers and contractors should be held responsible for the poor quality of work.

Aim achieved
The former Mayors said that the flyover between Sirsi Circle and Town Hall on Mysore Road had achieved the twin objectives of saving hundreds of trees planted during the time of the then Maharaja of Mysore and also hundreds of buildings on either side. Besides, it had facilitated smooth flow of traffic between the two destinations while the footpaths were intact.

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