Bengaluru: BBMP may fix onus of restoring road on agency that digs it up | Bengaluru News – Times of India
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BENGALURU: BBMP plans to implement a rule pinning the responsibility of restoring a road on the agency that digs it up.
Additional chief secretary and BBMP administrator Rakesh Singh said, “The coordination between civic agencies is not great. Roads are being dug up by Bescom, BWSSB, KPTCL, and even OFC companies. Hence, we are planning to implement a rule mandating that whichever agency digs up a road will be completely responsible for restoring it once work is over. The ward-level Palike engineer will supervise things.”
At present, agencies ask BBMP for permission to dig up roads and have to a deposit with it an amount for restoration work. Singh said these days, many agencies tend to just say they have paid the money. “The new rule will bring in a lot of transparency into the system and is also likely to put an end to the blame game that leads to delay in road restoration,” he said.
Citizens welcomed the initiative but wondered if the BBMP has thought things through. Srinivas Alavilli from Janaagraha said, on paper, it is definitely a good rule, do agencies that dig up roads have the competence to restore them? BBMP must also impose penalty on agencies that fail to restore roads in the given time frame.
Citizen groups also believe ward committees should be informed about the roads that will be dug up and they should also be part of the restoration process, as it is they who will suffer if it is not done properly.
Jagadeesh Reddy, a member of NGO Varthur Rising, said, “The concept that the responsibility of road restoration lies with the agency that digs it up is ideal. But do the other agencies have the expertise to carry out this work as BBMP would? A detailed study needs to be done into this.”