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Clean roads: Mayor wants BMP to emulate Chinese cities

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Mumtaz Begum
Mumtaz Begum

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Mumtaz Begum returns from tour, to issue direction to officials soon

BANGALORE: If Mayor Mumtaz Begum has her way, some of our city's prominent roads will soon get washed every day.

Ms. Mumtaz Begum, who is back from a visit to China, wants Bangalore to emulate the Chinese method of cleaning roads.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, the Mayor said she would soon direct the officials to wash Brigade Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road and Commercial Street after all the shops on these roads closed for the day every day.

Impressed with the cleaning activities in China, the Mayor said: "These three roads can be taken up first on a trial basis. Later, if feasible, market complexes and roads in other business areas can also be washed. The roads can be washed after business hours so that they are spick and span for the next day."

Replying to queries, the Mayor said the roads could be washed by pourakarmikas employed by the private garbage contractors and those on the regular rolls of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), whoever is in-charge of a particular road.

Doubts

But sources in the BMP expressed doubts about the Mayor's idea of washing roads because the expert committee set up by the Karnataka High Court to look into the status of roads in the city has pointed out that water is harmful to asphalted roads.

"This idea is in contradiction to the committee's recommendations. The committee has asked people not to wash their vehicles on roads.

"The committee has pointed out that even the washing of the front portion of a house to draw the traditional rangoli will damage the road. Washing roads is not a practical plan," the sources added.

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