High Court wants Bengaluru free of potholes by Thursday

Court takes note of poor condition of roads; issues directive to BBMP

Updated - September 20, 2018 01:23 am IST

Published - September 20, 2018 01:04 am IST - Bengaluru

 A few people have died in pothole-related accidents in Bengaluru during the past couple of years.

A few people have died in pothole-related accidents in Bengaluru during the past couple of years.

Taking cognisance of poor condition of roads, the High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday said it expects the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to ensure that there is “zero” pothole in the city by Thursday.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.G. Pandit made this oral observation during the hearing of a PIL petition, filed in 2015 by Vijayan Menon and three others pointing out pathetic conditions of the roads in and around the city of Bengaluru and particularly, the menace of potholes and ditches.

“It should be zero potholes by tomorrow. It is your job and you have an entire night. How you will go about it, is left to you. Bangalore city has to be put back on its glory from every angle... If you cannot do it, then we would take a call,” the Bench observed.

“Are your officers not ashamed of this action of counting potholes,” the Bench asked when it was told to the court that around 1,600 potholes are required to be filled.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner pointed out that a few Bengalureans had lost their lives in pothole-related accidents in the city during the past couple of years.

Incidentally, the Supreme Court had on Tuesday expressed shock that some States still dispute the fact that potholes have led to accidental deaths on roads across the country as the data submitted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had stated that pothole-related accidents claimed 3,597 lives in 2017 in the country.

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