K’taka potholes threat: DK Shivakumar blasts state government, says ‘no harsh action has been taken’

The pothole threat continues in Karnataka as a 24-year-old man was killed and two others were injured near Attur’s route at Yelahanka in Bengaluru on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Harsha, a private college student. He was riding his bicycle when a car hit him and he lost control as he tried to cross a pothole.

Congress slams BJP-led Karnataka government over pothole threat

A day after that pothole-related accident, Congress has now castigated the negligence of the BJP government led by CM Basavaraj Bommai on the matter. In an exclusive chat with Republic Media Network, Karnataka Congress Speaker DK Shivakumar said that despite many reported deaths and accidents due to pothole-riddled roads, the state government is not taking any severe measure.

DK Shivakumar told Republic: “A global investors meeting is going to be held in Bengaluru because we want all the people of the country to come to our city and invest. Already 19 people have died and Chief Minister Bommai has not taken any measure on this.. Corruption has reached a high level. We want people to be employed and it is the responsibility of the government to provide more opportunities and infrastructure. There is a need to end this threat of pothole. The Karnataka government and the chief minister are not serious about this problem as they are not aware of the problem”.

He further added, “Congress has held protests and held several functions, but the government has not taken any harsh action. This clearly shows that the government does not care about voters.”

Congress Leader Sankara Guha said: “The civic amenities in Bengaluru are crippling whether it is potholes, electrocution etc. It is not that the ruling party n ‘not aware of it’.

Civic body misses pothole filling deadline set by Karnataka HC

A Republic TV reality check found potholes on many roads in Bangalore, some even reaching 2-3ft. Bengaluru’s civic body, Brihad Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike, missed the deadline to fill potholes in the city by September 30. deaths have been reported in Bangalore over the past 12 months. The BBMP’s default is the latest, as the civic body has missed similar deadlines in the past.

Earlier in September, the Karnataka High Court warned the BBMP that the court might not yell at the civic body, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t serious about making sure the nests-of- hen are covered in the city. The HC also asked the BBMP to be honest about their work.

After initially giving the figure for the number of potholes in Bengaluru as 221, the HC again polled BBMP, “You should be able to tell tentatively when you can fill it. You give 221 as the number. Let’s be honest. How many potholes?” Following the blows of the HC, the lawyer informed that 221 potholes were only on the main roads. After extensive probing and asking for the number of potholes on other roads, the court was told there were approximately 2,500 potholes on the arteries.

The court was told that a total of 427.12 kilometers of roads were being upgraded and the works will be completed by January 21, 2023. The HC also relieved the BBMP for the malfunctioning of the layout place complaint cells. The court pointed out: “In the grievance cell, some numbers have nine digits. Some phone numbers don’t even work. Is this the type of grievance unit you have set up?