A highway that was asphalted forward of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June 20 go to to Bengaluru has caved in, resulting in embarrassment for the state’s BJP authorities and a response from Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, moreover attracting consideration of the Karnataka Excessive Courtroom.
The town’s civic physique, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike or BBMP, had spent Rs 23 crore on roads forward of PM Modi’s June 20 go to. As a part of this, Rs 6.5 crore have been spent to re-lay a highway that passes by the Bangalore College campus, two days earlier than the go to. This highway was utilized by PM Modi to journey to Dr BR Ambedkar College of Economics (BASE) College on Monday.
In lower than 24 hours after PM Modi left for Delhi, the highway cracked and caved in following a spell of rain. The highway is being redone, however the civic physique is just not having to pay because the contractor has to redo it beneath legal responsibility insurance coverage, it’s learnt.
Because the chief minister on Thursday instructed the BBMP commissioner to take motion, the civic physique issued a show-cause discover to a few engineers. However the commissioner, Tushar Girinath, refused to answer questions on accountability for public cash.
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“It is a case of corruption and lopsided priorities,” stated Rajkumar Dugar, an activist, including, “The last-minute tarring is just a facade; it prices some huge cash however the work could be very poor.”
Vinod Jacob from the civil society group Namma Bengaluru Basis stated, “There is a widespread notion amongst the residents that the civic physique and the water and sewerage physique fail to coordinate. Residents bear the brunt of it.”
In the meantime, listening to an unrelated petition by some residents about civic work, the Excessive Courtroom questioned whether or not the President and Prime Minister ought to usually go to the town and journey on totally different roads for civic companies to do their job. It was a reference to stories concerning the cash spent on roads forward of PM Narendra Modi’s go to.