The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday after the Karnataka High Court gave three more days for the potholes issue. The Karnataka HC on Monday appointed two court commissioners to complete filling all potholes in the city.
Dinesh Agrawal - superintending engineer, CWE (Army), Bengaluru, Military Engineer Services, and M G Uma, the member secretary, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority - have been appointed court commissioners.
BBMP requested the HC to extend the duration to fill the potholes and submitted a report stating that it had filled up 899 potholes overnight in all eight zones. Karnataka HC division bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.G. Pandit considerd BBMP’s request.
Considering the significance of the matter, the hearing was done even during the lunch break. “What did you do yesterday? How many potholes were filled up last night? What was the size of potholes that were filled?”, the court asked BBMP during the hearing.
Observing that the potholes are a result of BBMP’s negligence, the HC said, “You make the number of potholes zero by Monday. We hope it will be zero as there is three days’ time. If the number of potholes is more than zero, then there will be a problem. We will then want to know the names of contractors and engineers.”
BBMP submitted an affidavit stating that continuous monitoring will be undertaken to ensure there is no recurrence of potholes in the city. In the affidavit, M R Venkatesh, BBMP Engineer-in-Chief (in-charge), stated that 1,655 potholes were yet to be attended to as on Wednesday.