The BBMP is currently surveying Bangalore roads to properly gauge the pothole damage present in the city. It isn’t even close to being done and the tally already sits at 9,500.
Story so far: By using the Fix My Street app, the BBMP has been surveying the city’s roads for potholes. Till now, a whopping 9,500 potholes have been surveyed across all eight zones, and the BBMP claims to be working on them.
- Why it matters: As per official records, at least 13 people died in road accidents due to potholes in the last 5 years. During this time, the BBMP also spent over ₹215 crores on fixing them. While the initiative seems promising this time, the rains may have worn down more roads so the count is still on.
Keeping check: To ensure that the repair work doesn’t get ignored again, the new process of verification makes the BBMP engineers register each pothole on Fix My Street. 1% of the uploaded material will be randomly checked by zonal commissioners, 5% by chief engineers and 30% will be looked into by the executive engineers.