Bengaluru: A road in Bengaluru that was asphalted before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June 20 visit to the city has caved in. The incident has led to an embarrassment in the camp of the Karnataka BJP and turned the face of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai red. This has also drawn the attention of the Karnataka High Court.
Prior to Prime Minister Modi’s visit on June 20, the city’s civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, or BBMP, spent Rs 23 crore on roads. Two days before the visit, a road that runs across the campus of Bangalore University was re-laid for 6.5 crore as part of this. On Monday, PM Modi travelled down this road to get to the Dr. BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University.
The position of the road turned from bad to worse within 24 hours after PM Modi left for Delhi from Bengaluru. A spell of rain exposed the sustainability of the road and revealed cracks in several parts of the road.
The road is being re-built, but the civic body does not have to pay as the contractor has to redo it under liability insurance as part of the deal, it is learnt.
The chief minister, Bommai, on Thursday urged the BBMP commissioner to take stern action; the civic body came into the action and issued a show-cause notice to three engineers.
Meanwhile, hearing an unrelated petition by some residents about civic work, the High Court wondered whether the President and Prime Minister should often visit the city and travel on different roads for civic agencies to do their job. It was a reference to reports about the money spent on roads ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit.
It exposes the corruption in the civic body of Karnataka. Where has this money gone? Whoever is the culprit and whatever their reputation, action must be taken against them.