In a shocking development, a road fixed recently by the Bengaluru civic body for Rs. 6.05 crores ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit caved in just a day after the said visit.

This was a new low for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as a total of Rs. 23.51 crores were spent to fix the Bengaluru roads ahead of the visit with an entire portion of road caving in just a day after asphalt was fixed. After the embarrassing turn of events, the Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has directed the city’s civic body to probe the matter.

Visuals showing the newly-asphalted Janabharti road peeling off like a paper has been making rounds of social media. As the newly-asphalted road caved in overnight after overnight rainfall, the civic authorities have put a plant serving as a sign post that warns commuters of the road’s condition.

The portion of the road that caved in was fixed at a cost of Rs. 6 crores and Prime Minister Modi’s convoy traveled on the said stretch during his visit.

It should be noted that on multiple instances Bengaluru has reported the issues of potholes. Earlier in December 2021, residents of Bharathnagar conducted a ‘pothole pooja’ to draw the attention of authorities towards the menace.

The Facts of the Matter

The fact that a patch of road fixed ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit caved in a day after the said visit is a real incident and not satire is the most recent low for the Bengaluru civic body. The city’s civic body reportedly spent Rs. 6.05 crores on the patch of road which caved in and has been peeling off like a paper, as visuals show. The incident has cause embarrassment to the city’s civic authorities and a probe has already been initiated in the matter.

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Expectation VS Reality?

The road in question is southern Bengaluru’s Jnana Bhari Main Road which was fixed at a cost of Rs. 6.05 crores ahead of Prime Minister’s visit. As expected, the Prime Minister took the said road to make his way to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics to inaugurate the campus. What was not expected was that after a spell of overnight rain, the road simply caved in.

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Rs. 56 Crores Spent on Fixing Roads Ahead of PM Visit

As per an Indian Express report, the civic bodies spent around Rs. 56 crores to fix and asphalt the roads that was to be taken by the Prime Minister’s convoy during his visit to Karnataka.

A stretch of 14.05 km was redeveloped by the Bengaluru’s civic body before the Prime Minister’s visit. For the Ballari Road, the civic body spent Rs. 4.06 crores, for the Tumkur Road, Rs. 1.55 crores were spent and for the University Road, Rs. 6.05 crores were spent. For the Komaghatta Road and Mysuru Road, Rs. 11.5 crores and Rs. 35 lakhs were spent respectively.

“Not fair”: Civic Body Commissioner

According to a TNM report, the Bengaluru civic body’s Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath said that it was not fair to mention that an entire stretch of fixed road was damaged. However, he did agree that some portions of the roads have deteriorated due to heavy rainfall days after the redevelopment.

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UP MLA Slams Coconut, Road Cracks Open

Earlier in December 2021, a similar incident was reported from Uttar Pradesh where an MLA slammed a coconut to inaugurate a road made at a cost of Rs. 1.6 crores, and ended up cracking open the road instead of coconut. After the BJP MLA found the road to be broken instead of coconut, she sat on a dharna. The MLA in question was Suchi Chaudharay.


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