Mayor warns BMRCL to repair all potholes on roads falling under Metro stations by September 20 or face music.
It was a day of firsts at the BBMP as it appears that Mayor R Sharadamma has finally broken out of a shell and is implementing change with an iron fist. After being haunted for months by criticism over the pathetic condition of roads in the city, the Mayor attacked the Bangalore Metro Corporation and has officially issued an ultimatum of September 20 to repair potholes on all roads falling under the Metro stations.
Against the wall? With no option but to tackle the issue, Metro officials have taken the Mayor's warning seriously and will stick to the deadline
The BMRCL now has a stretch of 40 km of pothole-ridden road to fix within 13 days and Sharadamma will apparently be breathing down their necks all the way. At a closed door meeting with the Metro officials, she strictly warned the BMRCL to fix the pothole issue at the earliest or face the music.
Battle drums Cornering the officials, Sharadamma said, "The roads are in very bad shape and our leaders are unhappy with the work. We are always being pulled up for it even when it is no fault of ours. I have issued a strict warning to the BMRCL officials this time to fix all the roads by September 20 or be ready to face the music." With no option but to tackle the issue, Metro officials have taken the warning seriously, but did not hesitate to take a dig at the BBMP in return.
"We have a limited stretch of 40 km to fix, but there are several roads in the city that the BBMP has not fixed for years. We cannot be accused of delaying work on the roads as we are also involved in separate developmental activities. We will happily repair all these roads around Metro junctions and will stick to the deadline given," said N P Naik, chief engineer, BMRCL.
Mission impossible? The BMRCL now has a stretch of 40 km of pothole-ridden road to fix within 13 days. Representation pic
Fulfill agreement The Bangalore Metro had entered into a mutual agreement with the BBMP early in 2006, when the Metro project was initiated. The agreement mentioned that the roads under the stations would have to be re-laid by the BMRCL, while the remaining work around the stations would be taken up by the BBMP on a cost-sharing basis. Following over 200 complaints filed at the BBMP by the residents of various areas, which fall under the Reach I of the Bangalore Metro, the palike has now initiated action and Sharadamma is making all efforts to see it to a logical end.