Karnataka CM issues fresh deadline to fill potholes

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sidduBANGALORE: Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday issued a fresh deadline to the BBMP to take up urgent repairs of pothole-ridden Bangalore roads.

Giving an account of his government’s achievements in the past 100 days, Siddaramaiah said he had asked the BBMP commissioner to take up urgent repairs and ensure that roads are in mint condition before Dasara.

The CM’s diktat is the third such from the government. Recently, at a meeting of top officials, the CM had asked the BBMP to fill all potholes in 48 hours. It was followed by another deadline. But the BBMP failed to comply. “The delay was because of incessant rain. Now that it’s stopped, officials are ready to act,” Siddaramaiah said.

Garbage clearance: Siddaramaiah said the government will resolve the garbage problem within six months. “I’ve told the BBMP commissioner if he has to continue in office, he has to resolve the garbage problem by February-March next year,” was the CM’s stern warning.

Action against builders, officials: BBMP was directed to initiate strict action against officials and violators of building bylaws to end incidents like the recent building collapse in Bangalore. He said the government has already suspended a BBMP engineer involved in the crash at Someshwaranagar, where three labourers, including a woman, died. Siddaramaiah admitted that ineffective enforcement of the relevant laws had resulted in such a scenario.

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