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The system will make pothole management transparent

The system will make pothole management transparent, according to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike authorities.— Photo: K. Gopinathan
The system will make pothole management transparent, according to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike authorities.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Getting potholes repaired may soon become a simple and easy affair… as simple as taking a photo on your smart phone and uploading it on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s website (www.bbmp.gov.in).

The BBMP is coordinating with Keonics for the development of an Android-based mobile application for pothole reporting and management, with tracking through GPS (Global Positioning System).

“Citizens and BBMP officials can upload the location of potholes through smart phones. The BBMP server will send a message to the engineer concerned, who will be able to locate it with the help of GPS. The complainant will have to provide his mobile number or email id. After the pothole is repaired, a message is sent to the person who reported the location,” said Rajneesh Goel, BBMP Commissioner.

According to an official from Keonics, the application can be downloaded freely by Android enabled smart phone users. This software will be ready on November 1.

With this system, the BBMP hopes to monitor the status of work and extract reports periodically. The system will also have a GIS (Geographical Information System) map interface for locating the pothole for further monitoring and timely repair. This system will be a first of its kind and will make pothole management more transparent.

With the condition of roads deteriorating soon after they are asphalted, the BBMP will make it mandatory for contractors to maintain the road for a minimum period of three years, Mr. Goel said.

In this regard, the tender conditions will be made stringent and the responsibility will be fixed on the contractor executing the road work. He said that defect liability for one year and maintenance period of two years will be included in the tender contract.

Plastic

Meanwhile, the BBMP will soon make it mandatory to use at least eight per cent plastic with asphalt while laying any road in future. While effectively addressing the disposal of plastic waste in the city, this will also help increase the life of the road.

Plastic waste collected at the various segregation and dry waste collection centres across the city can be utilised for laying roads.

“This will be made mandatory. We will also urge the engineers in the Bangalore Development Authority and the Public Works Department to do the same,” Mr. Goel added.

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