- The sinkhole has opened up at Old Airport Road and is causing major inconvenience to the motorists.
- On Tuesday the rear wheel of a salt truck got stuck opposite the Manipal Hospital on Tuesday during peak hours.
- The BBMP should have covered the sinkhole, but they say they have shortage of men, as a result, the Traffic Police had to turn masons
Another case of on duty traffic police turning masons was witnessed at the Old Airport Road today as a truck carrying salt bags got stuck in a sinkhole due to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike's shoddy work.
The traffic police attached to Jeevan Bimanagar say that the BBMP is very careless when it comes to maintenance of roads and as a result of that public and traffic police personnel suffer.
The edge of Old Airport has been dug up to lay optic fibre cable, and the agency that has dug the road to put OFC cables has not bothered to repair and the BBMP officials who are supposed to monitor and get the road repair work done are nowhere to be seen. "Because of such a shoddy work and lack of commitment, the road has caved in opposite the Manipal Hospital, and the rear wheel of a truck got stuck leading to a massive traffic jam in the peak hours between 10am to 11:15am. We got a JCB machine from nearby construction site and cleared the vehicle. Later, few traffic constables along with the daily wage labourers covered the sinkhole," said Murarappa, Sub Inspector, JB Nagar Traffic Station.
Echoing similar sentiments another policeman said each time it rains heavily, BBMP road works gets exposed. "Still the BBMP officials have no shame and many times traffic police have to become masons to repair roads as the bad road will lead to traffic jams," he said.
When Newsable contacted, Vijayakumar, Executive Engineer OFC division, said, "As we are short of staff we cannot address the issue in all the BBMP areas, however, on priority basis we will keep repairing roads that have high traffic volume". The engineer further added that he would get the sinkhole cleared in a day or two.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:52 PM