4,900 and counting! That's the number of potholes waiting to break your bones on Bengaluru roads
- At least 12 km of the City stretch is completely riddled with potholes and craters
- The continuous rain has worsened the condition of the roads in the city
- Unless the rain stops, the BBMP would not be able to fill up the potholes
After the torrential rain that is lashing Bengaluru for the past couple of weeks, the city roads have turned into nightmares with potholes and huge craters dotting the majority of the stretches.
In fact of the 19 km road in the City, 12 km is riddled with potholes and craters threatening to break the bones of the riders. As many as 4,900 potholes have been detected on 12 km stretch of the main roads, arterial-sub-arterial roads, according to Kannada Prabha.
In fact, till two months ago, the roads in Bengaluru were smooth and maintained well. But with the rains lashing the city for the past 15 days, it would be hard to find a single stretch without the potholes. The record rainfall that hit the city on August 15 left many stretches riddled with potholes. This was enough to wake up the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials from a deep slumber and work on the potholes. But the officials failed to act, and today the potholes look like killer craters.
Majority of the roads like Langford Road, Vijayanagar, Koramangala, Goodshed Road, Majestic and Sujatha Circle, Rajajinagar, Housing Board Colony, Wilson Garden, Shantinagar, KR Market, JC Road, Halasur... the list goes on. Now that the city has been receiving rainfall for the past two days, the roads have been completely worn off.
It may be recalled here that BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad had visited the roads riddled with potholes last week and had strictly warned the officials to fill the potholes in 24 hours. But with the continuous downpour, the Palike workers have no other option but to wait for the rain to stop.
In fact, Bengaluru district in-charge minister KJ George had declared to fill all the potholes to make Bengaluru, a pothole-free City. According to Kannada Prabha, the Palike officials have identified and closed 2,495 potholes in the last months. Besides, the Palike had spent Rs 30,000 to fill the potholes and Rs 600 crore to asphalt the roads. Yet, the Bengaluru has become synonymous with potholes.
However, the Palike officials are reportedly planning to use the rapid setting emulsion as a temporary solution as it is impossible to fill potholes with hot bitumen mix when it's raining.