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Updated: July 24, 2013 14:03 IST

Hey, is there a road round these holes?

Vinayashree Jagadeesh
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THE FAULT LIES IN THE ASPHALT: Or lack of it. The road near the
Trinity Circle–M.G. Road junction is just one of those that make for excruciating
commutes in Bangalore. Photo: K Murali Kumar
THE FAULT LIES IN THE ASPHALT: Or lack of it. The road near the Trinity Circle–M.G. Road junction is just one of those that make for excruciating commutes in Bangalore. Photo: K Murali Kumar

Tech City can soon earn the sobriquet Pothole City as the roads get worse by the day

If someone new to the city were told our city’s roads were carpet-bombed by the enemy, they could well believe it thanks to the potholes that seem to be getting worse by the day.

While rains are usually celebrated, Bangaloreans run for cover at the first good shower that usually floods the roads, the receding water also carrying off big chunks of our roads. Most citizens drive, ride or walk gingerly on our potholed roads during and after the rain.

Curious numbers

No one really knows how it’s done, but the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) routinely cranks out the numbers of potholes in our city.

So, according to its figures, not only have the number of potholes identified by the BBMP increased from about 33,000 nearly a month ago to 40,190 in the latest survey, the unfilled potholes have also multiplied.

Against the 13,239 potholes shown as unfilled by the civic authority on July 8, the latest statistic released on Tuesday reveals that the number of unfilled potholes is estimated at 16,785.

Now, potholes have emerged as one of the major problems faced by the citizens of Bangalore along with traffic woes and poor garbage management.

Death traps

N. Mukund, member of Citizens Action Forum, squarely blamed the civic authorities for the pothole menace that has come to haunt the residents of the city.

Poor maintenance and inordinate delay in carrying out repairs had led to the poor condition of roads.

“Small potholes are turning into large craters, leading to traffic snarls. [Stagnant water] has turned many stretches into death traps,” he said, while identifying Tumkur Road, Mysore Road, Old Madras Road and Magadi Road among the worst affected.

Construction work for the metro project along with movement of heavy vehicles had also contributed to potholes, he said.

Meanwhile, BBMP’s engineer in chief M. Rangaraju attributed the increasing number of potholes to the incessant rainfall. Also, filling them up in the rainy season is a tough task as the asphalt laid on the roads is washed away. “However, it does not mean that we have stopped the work. We can carry out the work in a more efficient manner once the rains subside,” he said.

Officials said they had filled up more potholes last week — 23,405 against the 20,509 that had been filled up as of July 8.

East division of the BBMP has the highest number of potholes at 9,995 of which 7,011 had been filled up, the BBMP claimed. But, it still had almost 3,000 potholes (by its own reckoning) unfilled.

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Is the number of pot holes increasing in the same proportion of the pot bellied officials of BBMP ?

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 02:50 IST

Which is easier to repair? A pothole which is small and in early stages or a pothole which has been neglected for more than 6 months? Even a primary school student knows the answer. But BBMP has not yet understood the logic behind it. I am a regular two wheeler commuter and daily see the same potholes neglected for many many months until they expand from width to width of the roads. And whenever BBMP tries to repair these potholes, it simply means they dump large amount of asphalt haphazardly. Not much thought has been given to road construction off late, nobody studies how the water is draining off the roads and what is the effect of gradient on the roads (since Bangalore has a hilly terrain). It seems that dumping asphalt is the solution to the problem, what a pity! BBMP is carelessly wasting taxpayers money due to unscientific methods.

from:  Sreenivasa
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 23:40 IST

Some of the pot holes are so big that the concerned authorities can think of constructing fly overs on pot holes.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 15:41 IST
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