BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday blamed Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) engineers for poor quality civic works.
He was speaking after inaugurating the new blocks of the Karnataka Engineers’ Academy (KEA) here. The chief minister said the quality of works undertaken by BBMP is poor compared to those taken up by other departments in the state. The shelf life of these works is less than one year, he said.
“Crores of public money have been spent on road works, but nothing much has changed. All this is because of BBMP engineers,” he added.
Siddaramaiah said there are many corporations and boards that take up a number of works, and tenders are floated for these works. All the work, including plan, design, estimation and execution, are handled by engineers.
“There is a lot of difference between the estimated amount and the actual expenditure. If an RTI activist seeks details, the blame is on the government,” he said.
Referring to the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir, the chief minister said though constructed without the help of modern technology, the dam built by Sir M Vishweshwaraiah stands strong even today. But works undertaken using modern tools are not satisfactory, he said.
When asked about the CM’s comments, Mayor N Shanthakumari said it was not BBMP engineers who were doing shoddy work, but those from PWD and other departments.
“BBMP has no control over these engineers. We can only send them back to their parent department. We cannot suspend them,” she said.
Siddaramaiah and Superstitions
The chief minister regretted educated professionals like doctors, engineers and scientists have become superstitious. He blamed television channels for telecasting programmes that promote superstition.
Interestingly, the invitation for the function said Siddaramaiah would inaugurate the building at 11.55 am as rahukala was beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday.
Washing Machines for Dhobi Ghats
Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will provide washing machines to dhobi ghats, Mayor N Shanthakumari said on Wednesday. A washing machine was purchased recently at the Malleswaram dhobi ghat and the Arakere ward dhobhi ghat will get one soon. “Dhobis who use their hands to wash clothes often suffer from skin and other health problems because of the continuous usage of detergents. If we provide washing machines, their job will not only become easier, but they will also remain healthy,” the mayor said.
Shanthakumari said she has directed the chairman of BBMP’s standing committee on health to allot `10 crore for dhobis in the upcoming budget. She added that a modernised dhobi ghat, which costs around `2 crore, will be inaugurated at Nagapura ward in the first week of March.