Frustrated residents of Kodigehalli took to the roads to repair potholes in front of Srimita Symphony Apartments, under the Hoodi Flyover, as repeated complaints from them to the civic authorities fell on deaf ears. What was even more infuriating was that the potholes were located opposite the Mahadevpura BBMP office.
Pinaki Sengupta, president of Kodigehalli Resident Welfare Association, said, “We had approached the BBMP more than once, but no work was executed to repair the potholes. Frustrated with the dilly-dallying of the civic bodies, we decided to take the work of repairing the road and make it fit for commuting on ourselves.”
The residents told media that the potholes were being formed due to leakage in one of the underground supply lines of the BWSSB, but despite repeated complaints none of the body took up the repair work. A few commuters even met with minor accidents on the stretch at night as visibility is poor in the area due to broken street lights.
Residents said that the approach of the civic bodies to their plight was apathetic. Whenever they approached the BBMP with a local MLA or corporator, they offered them tea and listened to their complaints. However, no action materialised on their part. When they approached the bodies individually, they were turned away with the pretext that the joint commissioner was not present.
Malaya Parida, a resident said, “It was due to the failure of the authorities to act that we took to the streets on Sunday and got construction debris to fill the potholes. We were joined by other residents who feel the same about the area.” The residents have also decided to take such repair works on their own at places that need immediate attention.
“The area witnesses heavy traffic and the condition of the stretch has been deteriorating. Hence we don’t want to take chance with the repair work and wait for an untowardly incident to occur, unlike the civic authorities,” a resident said. Pinaki Sengupta said, “We will now take up minor repair works at places that seek major attention on our own and will fund the same from our pockets. If anyone wants to contribute, they are most welcome, but we have lost all faith that the civic body will be of any assistance.
Every Sunday, the residents will spend 3-4 hours and will take up work like repair of potholes, replacing streetlights and other such task.”
Credits Bangalore Mirror