Bengaluru, Sept 22: As a killer pothole claimed 25-year-old Stuti Pandey's life in the IT City on Thursday, Sept 17, Bengaluru's minister-in-charge R Ramalinga Reddy on Monday said that the city will be free from potholes by Rajyotsava on Nov 1.
Within less than a month, notorious potholes on Bengaluru roads have claimed three lives.
As per a report published in TOI, Reddy said that he doesn't want to take up an audit or survey on the number of potholes on Bengaluru's roads, but was categorical about the November deadline.
Bengaluru Mayor BM Manjunatha Reddy has set a nine-day schedule to repair potholes in each zone. From Sept 24 to Oct 6, inspection will be carried out on Outer Ring Road. Oct 21 is the deadline to repair all the potholes.
BBMP commissioner G Kumar Naik was quoted saying as, "Works worth Rs 347 crore have already been tendered. The PWD has been allocated work to redo roads completely, so they last. About Rs 600 crore will be spent in the first phase of the scheme to relay roads. This time, we want to ensure the roads are good."
In 2014, Rs 20 crore was reportedly spent on the repair work of 29,000 potholes and craters in the city.
BBMP to control flyovers
Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) on Tuesday decided to handover all the roads and flyovers in the city to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for their maintenance.
Stuti's husband blamed for her death
Stuti and her husband Om Prakash had gone to a friend's place at Munekolalu, to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi. The couple hailed from Madhya Pradesh and were residing in Banashankari Stage I.
The accident happened around 9.30 pm at Devarabeesanahalli flyover on Outer Ring Road, when their Honda Activa skid and fell.
An hour after the mishap, Stuti was declared dead, at nearby Sakra hospital.
Shockingly, Police has blamed her husband for her death, leading to an outrage on social media.
On August 23, 28-year-old Sunitha Kumar and her 10-year-old son Nikhith Gowda were killed when they tried to avoid a pothole on Tumakuru Road.