Reports claim that Bengaluru’s civic body spent ₹23 crore on roads ahead of PM’s visit (Representational Image)
Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court has wondered whether the President and the Prime Minister should visit the city frequently and the civic agencies should travel on different roads to do their jobs. The High Court said this in the context of reports that the city’s civic body, the Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), spent Rs 23 crore to repair the roads in the city for the prime minister’s recent visit.
The matter came up during the hearing of a contempt petition against officials of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB).
Manjula P and Shardamma P had approached the High Court seeking restoration of water and sewerage line connections to their two residences at Visvesvaraya Layout. Connections approved but not laid. On October 21, 2020, a single-judge bench of the High Court ordered the civic agencies to restore the connections to the two sites and dispose of the matter within two months.
Both the women approached the High Court a year later with contempt petitions against the Bangalore Development Authority and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board commissioners and the engineers concerned as they had not complied with the earlier High Court order. .
The authorities had sought time before a division bench of Justice B Veerappa and Justice KS Hemalekha, which was hearing the contempt petition. Even the contempt petition is pending since May 2021 but Bangalore Development Authority and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board repeatedly failed to comply with the court order.
On Thursday, the High Court said: “Maybe the condition of the roads will improve if the PM and the President visit Bengaluru frequently. Last week you spent ₹23 crore to fill the potholes. You have to take to different roads every time the PM has to do his duty?”
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