November 28, 2022


By Garima Prasher

In October 2021, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) determined to carry the company that digs roads up chargeable for restoring them after works are accomplished.

Now, a couple of months previous, the dissonance between the Palike and different businesses over the brand new rule is manifesting.

As many areas report water leaks within the pipes laid by the Bangalore Water Provide and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), restore appears far-fetched. While 1000’s of litres of ingesting water goes down the drain, civic businesses are engaged in a blame sport of kinds.



Residents and ward committee members complained the problem was not addressed even after elevating it a number of instances throughout committee conferences up to now one week. They stated regardless of the looming water disaster, 1000’s of litres of ingesting water was wasted final week.

“It’s like watching a tennis match between the BBMP and BWSSB. Hundreds of litres of water was being wasted. The longer the water pours out, the street will get weaker. Regardless of having representatives from each the businesses in conferences, the issue endured,” stated Priya Chetty Rajagopal, ward committee member of Vasanth Nagar, talking about water leakage in entrance of Mount Carmel school. Nonetheless, BWSSB initiated restore works on the stretch on Tuesday, BM’s instructed.

Balekundari Junction on Queen’s Highway is one more spot going through the identical challenge.

“All the junction and stretch have been accomplished underneath the Good Metropolis undertaking. Nonetheless, water leakage began every week in the past. We instantly despatched the image of the leakage to the world in cost; however, we acquired a response from BWSSB stating that it doesn’t have the BBMP’s permission to dig up the street. It’s inflicting quite a lot of inconvenience to the commuters,” stated resident Thanmaya BP.

All authorities businesses are required to take prior permission from the BBMP earlier than digging any street in Bengaluru. Earlier than initiating the restore works of damaged water pipes, BWSSB must guarantee BBMP that the street can be restored to the unique situation — now that is proving to be a tricky nut to crack.

‘Clause of rivalry’

BWSSB officers stated whereas they don’t seem to be shying away from refurbishment of the roads, the bone of rivalry is a particular clause within the enterprise, which states ‘BWSSB can be chargeable for any untoward incident on the stretch after the dig’. “We can be attending to leakage points quickly. We’ve utilized for permission from the BBMP. We can not minimize roads open except we’ve a written permission from the civic authority.

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Nonetheless, there is no such thing as a approach we are able to be certain that an untoward incident won’t happen. Neither we anticipate any disagreeable episode, nor we would like it to occur. So far as street restoration is anxious, we take full duty for restoring it as per BBMP’s specs. We’ll take a observe of base and sub-base layers as we minimize the street open and can rebuild it the identical approach,” stated Devraj, chief engineer, upkeep, BWSSB. The Palike, it appears, is especially peeved on the approach street restoration work was dealt with by BWSSB up to now.

In keeping with Mohamad Javeed EIS, assistant govt engineer, BBMP, the restore work is on maintain as BWSSB is but to signal an enterprise on restoring the stretch after the restore work.

“The roads are dug up by different businesses and never restored correctly. Later, BBMP is put underneath the scanner in case of any untoward incident. We’re prepared to present permission and have additionally despatched the letter that they should signal as enterprise. We wish BWSSB to state within the letter that they are going to be chargeable for any disagreeable incidents because of the dig. They haven’t signed it but, resulting in the delay in granting permission,” stated Javeed.

Longer the water pours out, the street will get weaker. Regardless of having representatives from each businesses in conferences, downside endured

— Priya Chetty Rajagopal, ward committee member, Vasanth Nagar

Amidst all of the complaints and chaos, BWSSB appears to be treading a tightrope.

“The Balekundari Junction belongs to Bengaluru Good Metropolis Ltd. Whereas the entity has granted permission for restore work, we’re being cautious and have reached out to the police for permission. We can not dig up roads with out correct authorisation as it is going to have authorized penalties. We’ll start restore work as quickly as we get permission,” stated Devraj.

Delays in restore works have irked the residents and ward committee members; civic businesses are searching for a method to keep away from such predicament in future. To make sure that restore approvals in case of emergency conditions be granted sooner, prime brass of each civic businesses will quickly get collectively. “We’re in contact with BBMP to make sure such conditions don’t come up once more. Each businesses are dedicated in direction of the betterment of town. Senior officers from each businesses will quickly be assembly to plan an answer,” stated a BWSSB official.



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