Bengaluru, Oct 12: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday, while responding to a question during a press conference on the menace of potholes in Bengaluru, said ‘what can we do’. With a smirk and a smile on his face, the CM cross questioned a mediaperson and said: “You suggest us what should we do”.
Notably, at least four people have died in accidents this month because of the battered condition of some of the city’s roads.
Speaking further at the press conference, the CM said that he has instructed the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to start the repair work of potholes ‘immediately’ and make the city roads pothole free within a fortnight. “Potholes are being filled up and I have asked them to maintain quality,” Siddaramaiah told reporters while claiming that if anything goes wrong, the officials will be held responsible.
Expressing concern, the CM said that the civic body would fix the potholes with a cold mix as of now as it has been raining in Bengaluru. After the rain stops, the roads will be repaired using hot mix, which has longer durability.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers had taken out a protest outside Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office with a symbolic dead body over recent deaths due to potholes.
A total of four lives have been claimed by the deadly potholes in Bengaluru. A woman riding pillion on a two-wheeler was killed after a rammed the vehicle as the rider tried to avoid a pothole near Devanahalli on Tuesday. On the other hand, three days ago, another woman was run over by a truck after the motorcycle she was riding pillion skidded near Nayandahalli. An elderly couple lost their lives, a week ago, when a bus ran over them at Mysuru road flyover as they were trying to avoid a pothole.