Friday, February 24, 2006

Isn’t this a pothole? BMP says no

Isn’t this a pothole? BMP says no
The Times of India

Bangalore: Venue: Assaye Road, beside MEG Officers’ Mess and Centre.
A huge crater has been lying unattended to for five months now. Interestingly, this is one of the roads declared pothole free by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) as part of its Spot The Pothole contest. On February 6, when The Times of India reader called up the relevant office, East Zone, the technical assistant initially said the road was not listed for the contest. Later, to BMP’s credit, the assistant engineer visited the spot and confirmed that the road indeed was listed under the competition. As Vinod Malhotra, a citizen of the area explains, “The team, got the pot-hole fixed in a few days. But the entire contest is a sham. If they can fix it, why didn’t they admit it was a pothole? Just because they did not want to part with Rs 100.’’
According to reports from the three zones, the BMP did get calls at the rate of six a day from citizens about potholes. All of them without an exception were turned down as not coming under the list of pothole free roads.
But is the BMP listening?


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