The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is being criticised after a newly laid asphalt road caved in a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bengaluru. The Jnanabharthi main road in South Bengaluru was asphalted at a cost of Rs 6 crore just ahead of the PM’s visit.
The civic body covered a 3.6 km stretch that falls under the Bangalore University campus. PM Modi took the road to reach Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics University on Monday. The road caved in following rains in the city.
The caved portion of the road can pose a serious threat to motorists, especially for those who commute at night. The BBMP defended itself by saying that the road repair works were undertaken urgently due to the PM’s visit. The BBMP in fact suspects that the sewage pipeline underneath could be the reason behind the caving, blaming the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Works 9BWSSB) for not fixing the issue.
Nearly Rs 23 crore was spent for road repairs ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, during his visit, PM Modi set a 40-month deadline for the BJP-led government in Karnataka to make Bengaluru free of traffic in order to ease commuting. As he laid down infrastructure projects, he promised to decongest Bengaluru in the next 40 months. He inaugurated projects worth Rs 27,000 crores, that will aim at improving road infrastructure, rail connectivity within the city and improving metro connectivity to ease travel.
The list also included the Bengaluru suburban rail project.