The Karnataka High court took BBMP for a task for failing to make roads free of potholes in spite of granting 30 days to complete the job. The High Court sent its commissioners to inspect the filling of pothole being undertaken by BBMP in a different party of the city and to submit a report on October 25.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.G.Pandit expressed their serious displeasure over BBMP’s failure to make the roads pothole free after the BBMP’s counsel confirmed that no ward out of the total 198 wards is entirely free of potholes but also pointed out that a number of roads in some wards are free from potholes.
The bench is also monitoring BBMP’s actions to make roads free of potholes. The court expressed its opinion that the BBMP would make an honest effort to achieve the “zero pothole” target in a month’s period as traffic flow was less during the holidays due to Dasara.
The Court concluded by stating that if the BBMP cannot do it, some other agency will do it and this will come through an order after announcing BBMP as a failure and it will come with a heavy price.
Observing that the civic body had proved its incompetence, the court further stated that if BBMP does not work, it does not mean the City will shut down. It only means BBMP will shut down.
The Court came to the conclusion that the pothole cases are affecting the adjudication of other matters. The court will hear the pothole case on Saturdays and that the BBMP Commissioner must pay the allowance of court officials on such days.
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