BENGALURU:With District-in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy directing BBMP officials to fill potholes by the October 5 deadline, Palike engineers are sweating it out during night time.
Starting Saturday, Ramalinga Reddy will inspect major roads in the city. On September 26, he and a team of officials will visit South zone, followed by East zone on September 29, Bommanahalli on September 30, Dasarahalli on October 1, Rajarajeshwarinagar on October 3, Byatarayanapura on October 5, Mahadevapura zone on October 6 and West zone on October 7.
At a recent review meeting, Reddy had warned BBMP officials of stringent action if any potholes are seen on major roads. Now, officials are spending around five hours in the night till the early hours since Monday. Reddy said he will send those officials who are on deputation back to their parent departments if they do not check potholes and take disciplinary action against BBMP officials.
An engineer from South zone said they have identified around 230 potholes on major roads in that jurisdiction. “We have covered around 170 and by the time the minister inspects, South zone will be free from potholes,” he said.
BBMP Executive Engineer (Major roads) Rajesh said they have covered most of the roads and potholes. “Since Monday, especially during night, contractors and officials are out fixing potholes. We are there between 10.30 pm and 3 am,” he added.
While Reddy directed officials to cover arterial and sub-arterial roads, officials seem to be leaving nothing to chance. Bommanahalli zone Chief Engineer Bettegowda said during the administrator’s tenur, they had identified 4,277 potholes on all the internal roads in that zone. “We have rectified 3,972 potholes as on date. Some potholes comes up when it rains. But we are covering it them too,” he said.