The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a detailed report on the new asphalt construction of the road after his visit to Bengaluru. News18.com on Wednesday had reported about the plight of the Gyan Bharti main road in the southern part of the city, which was asphalt at a cost of Rs 6 crore for PM Narendra Modi’s visit on Saturday.
The Prime Minister on Monday used the road to reach the Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (Base) University. But after overnight rain, the road collapsed just a few meters from the campus on Tuesday. The civic body had covered a distance of about 3.6 km in the area under the Bengaluru University campus.
The PMO has sought a report from the Chief Minister’s Office regarding the substandard work. “We have been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office to give details about the incident. We will send it to the PMO soon,” said a senior official in the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office.
Hours after the PMO’s call, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai was quoted by News18 as saying that he has asked the commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to investigate the incident and take action against the officials concerned.
Regarding caving of new asphalt road near base campus, CM @BSBommai Commissioner BBMP has been asked to investigate the incident and take action against the officials concerned.
— Chief Minister of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) 23 June 2022
BBMP officials reached the spot to know the reason behind the breakdown of the road. While the CMO said that “a new water line was recently added which leaked and caused damage”, the ground reality was different.
“The officials found an old water line there, which was dry and had no water. Even they were wondering how the stretch broke down,” said Ananth Subramaniam who was spot on and is a regular in the area.
In fact, before the asphaltization of the road by the Municipal Corporation for the PM’s visit, there was a big pothole at the exact same place. Even in April, the road was washed out after asphalt was put in place for the prime minister’s visit, which was canceled at the last minute. Citizens are angry due to the careless attitude of the officials who dumped crores of rupees in the drain.
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