By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Let BBMP create STF for fixing pot holes and black spots in BBMP limit. Trash heaps are not hard to find as the stench is not easy to miss. Still, BBMP chooses to be ignorant of Bengaluru's ground realities. Heaps of plastic, wet waste and empty containers may dot the city's streets, but recent data provided by ward-level engineers to the solid waste management wing of the BBMP reportedly shows there are about 500 black spots in Bengaluru. Citizens too, who have been complaining about inefficient waste collection system, said people are forced to dump waste on street corners as the BBMP's vehicles are not regular. The Palike usually counts transfer points and major daily dumping points as black spots, so their numbers are often lower than what the public sees on the road. A fair estimate is an average of 10 black spots per ward (of which three to four would be transfer points, and the rest major black spots). People with poor civic sense are largely to blame for this mess. Act against faulty officials, impose hefty fines on defaulters. How many more wake-up calls are needed to fix the problem?. The intermittent pre-monsoon showers are all set to intensify with the onset of monsoon in June first week. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)announced its monsoon preparedness plan, stating that it would fill 3,629 potholes in next couple of weeks.It has identified 950 potholes along the majors roads maintained by its road infrastructure division. At the zonal level, most are in Mahadevapura (650) followed by Yelahanka (580), Bommanahalli (480), East Zone (354) , South Zone (325), Rajarajeshwari Nagar Zone (150), Dasarahalli zone (80) and West Zone (60).BBMP decided to increase the number of control rooms and rain squads to tackle damage. They decided to clear inlets and silt traps of 25 lakes to facilitate smooth flow of rain water.Filling debris in the pot hole is not the solution. Even in areas where potholes have been filled, the gravel and mud used was coming loose. Create STF to fix potholes problem .Let BBMP create a Pothole special task force (STF) with a chief engineer heading it with necessary equipments and trained staff to fix the potholes on war footing as and when they are formed .:Instead of spending money every time and every year in a unplanned manner BBMP can minimize the expenditure with special task force .
With money once again being earmarked the need for this campaign to hold the BBMP accountable is more important than ever. Even after the countless deadlines given by leaders and various promises being made my BBMP officials, the state of Bangalore's roads is pathetic.We must take responsibilities into our own hands and ensure proper spending of the money to fix the potholes. Every year, the problem of potholes arises and every year crores of rupees is spent. There is public outrage and media coverage around it and the problem of potholes are temporarily fixed. A part of the money allocated is used to actually fix potholes while the rest of it remains stagnant or just disappears. Cheap incompetent engineers and contractors who get the work every year are contracted to fill the roads, and they do so with gravel and dirt, and sometimes pour a layer of asphalt over the potholes . The shoddy job results in potholes coming back, and the entire cycle repeats itself resulting in public money being misused. The BBMP needs to ensure that all potholes identified are properly fixed with the help of experienced contractors and engineers for a long-term solution to this problem. BBMP will set up 63 temporary sub-division control rooms to operate from May 20 to August 31at a cost of Rs 1 lakh each. The supervisors of control rooms will maintain a ready cache of raw materials like pipes, sickles and other items for repair work. They'll also be responsible for cleanliness of shoulder drains and storm water drains in their area.Special teams of the forest department have been formed for each zone for emergencies, mandating that every fallen tree should be cleared within three hours. The teams also need to ensure that all old and vulnerable trees are taken care of before the rain. Four forest teams each for East, West and South have been planned, with two each for Mahadevapura, RR Nagar, Bommanahalli and Yelahanka with one for Dasarahalli. They'll also identify vulnerable points for waterlogging and take proactive action.