Tired Of BBMP's Ignorance, Bengalureans Come Out To Fill Pot Holes
In Bengaluru, festive activities are readily picking up. Many Bengalureans are gearing up to start the season with their families, while some other residents are getting their hands dirty in order to patch many of the dug-up roads and potholes created due to the maintenance by the local authorities who forgot to cover them up later.
On Sunday, residents of an apartment complex in Jalahalli, northwest Bengaluru took to roads wearing rubber gloves and gumboots. They were armed with brooms, spades, and pickaxes as they barged on the road connecting Gangamma Gudi police station to Kuvempunagar to clear the menace themselves. The entire stretch had 50 potholes approximately, which during the rainy season gets filled up and makes it difficult for motorists to commute especially ladies and children have a tough time commuting.
Unni Krishna Menon, local, also a retired Navy Officer said “The road was in a miserable state, and we were forced to navigate to reach our homes. But BBMP wasn’t doing anything about it.” He also added that since Jalahalli is divided between two councillors who constantly fight and blame each other. Citizens are clueless about whom to approach.
Menon congregated over 20 people from his apartment locality for Sunday’s initiative called Shramdaan. The participants used a mixture of cement and gravel to fill the potholes and level the road.
Civic officials’ laziness was clearly visible. Such is the civic apathy in the city; the citizens have lost all hopes on the local body because their pleas have not been heard at all. All they have seen is various civic bodies blaming each other.
Meanwhile, in another part of the city, residents of RR Nagar decided to take matters in their own hands, with BBMP neglecting to collect waste lying around the area. Citizens of RR Nagar came together to collect garbage spread across from Halligevadrehalli towards Manipal Hospital Road, especially liquor bottles. According to Narasimha Prasad, a civic activist and resident of RR Nagar “Many people drink and dump bottles on streets and open areas, turning them into black spots. The civic agency, too, fails to clean them properly.”
The bottles collected as part of this process were lined up, which covered the stretch up to a kilometre. This was done to raise awareness among the residents and also bring the attention of such issues to the higher civic bodies. Later in the day, the bottles were cleared up by Pourakarmikas.