Traffic police personnel in Bengaluru on Monday morning decided to fill potholes on a stretch of road. Similar scenes have surfaced in the past when the BBMP has failed to repair roads in the city.
Bengaluru: Time and again, citizens of Tier-1 cities in India have voiced their concerns over the bad state of roads in those cities. However, civic bodies have failed to address these issues. Primary examples of this callous attitude towards road safety can be seen on the streets of Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi among others.
In one such case which has come to light from the state capital of Karnataka, traffic police officers were seen filling potholes in Bengaluru’s Ashok Nagar area on Monday morning. Three personnel were caught on camera filling potholes on a stretch of road near the Garuda Mall which falls under the Ashok Nagar traffic police limits. Ideally, it is the job of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
A passerby shot videos of the traffic cops filling the potholes and posted them on social media. A clip even shows one of them getting up on a truck and pouring tar over the potholes. According to a report, this development comes a whole month after the joint commissioner of police (traffic) Ravikantha Gowda issued an order to all traffic inspectors asking them to identify potholes and upload pictures of the same on BBMP Fix My Street app.
n September, KR Puram traffic police sent out a tweet in order to express their concern over a shoddy stretch on TC Palya Main road. It was the traffic police personnel who came to the rescue of a cement truck that got stuck inside a massive pothole on that particular stretch. Pictures of the pothole had gone viral on social media platforms with Bengaluru’s citizens demanding that the civic body be held accountable for its negligence.
Similar scenes have been reported from Mumbai and Bengaluru in the past when traffic police personnel decided to take matters into their own hands after repeated requests to the BMC or BBMP went unanswered. In Bengaluru, road accidents caused by potholes have come to light time and again but no action has been taken to avert this loss of life.
It is shocking to see that despite crores in budget allocations for road repairs, civic bodies fail to make roads safer for commuters. This leaves traffic police personnel to take initiative by doing the civic body’s job. While these heroes continue to work to make roads safer, little is done to acknowledge or laud their silent contribution to making India’s roads safer for taxpaying citizens.
Date: October 02, 2019