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Airtel booked for damaging asphalted road

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Company dug up Bannerghatta Road to lay an optic fibre cable

A case has been filed against Airtel by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for damaging Bannerghatta Road, which was asphalted recently, to lay an optic fibre cable (OFC).

Based on a complaint by BBMP’s engineer from the Road Infrastructure Department, the Hulimavu police on Sunday filed an FIR against the telecom company, charging them under Karnataka Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, and also under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In his complaint, H.C. Krishna Kumar, BBMP engineer, said the particular stretch that was dug up to lay OFC was widened and asphalted around six months ago.

However, the telecom company dug up the stretch without obtaining required permission from the BBMP.

Mr. Kumar said that the estimated damage to the property is worth around ₹6 lakh.

Apart from destroying public property, the telecom company had also caused inconvenience to road users.

Before digging the roads, Internet and Telecom Service Providers are required to obtain permission from the BBMP, apart from ensuring that the work is executed under the supervision of civic officials concerned. However, none of these procedures have been followed, a senior police officer said.

According to a press release from BBMP, the company will have to pay a total of ₹68.14 lakh towards road restoration and repair. The engineer concerned had also recommended blacklisting the company for damaging the road.

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Printable version | Jan 25, 2020 11:23:47 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/airtel-booked-for-damaging-asphalted-road/article29684130.ece

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