Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd may have succeeded in providing low-cost telecom services and connection to millions of Indians under digital India, but for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the network is proving to be a menace as they have cut and damaged roads in Bengaluru. 

 

The office of the Assistant Executive Engineer, Vasanthnagar Sub-Divison, has filed an FIR with JC Nagar Police against Reliance Jio for damaging the road at the Nandi Durga Road Extension.  

 

 

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited had sought permission to lay the underground cable by using HDD method. Under the BBMP rules, the company was supposed to ensure there is no damage, but on March 20, the 170-meter road, as well as the footpath, was damaged. 

 

 

Reliance Jio has put the public and motorists at risk, "Since BBMP's property was damaged, and a notice was issued to the company. The company should pay a penalty of ₹50 lakh to BBMP," said Vijay Kumar, Chief Engineer, OFC.

 

The agency should have given prior intimation before the commencement of work to the zonal administration, road infrastructure engineer, and chief engineer Optic Fiber Cable (OFC), "This OFC is a menace all over Bengaluru, any agency which violates the law and damages roads will be stopped, and the amount of security deposit will be deducted," said Vijay Kumar, Chief Engineer, OFC.

 

 

The BBMP has given strict instructions to all the zonal chief engineers to ensure and monitor all the OFC work and if any agency is found violating the rule, their work will be stopped and the concerned will be penalised.