Bengaluru: While speaking to us, BBMP commissioner N. Manjunath said, “We could have closed all the potholes in the city as per our honorable CM’s order. However, in our council meeting, we decided to retain these 25 potholes, so that tourists coming to IT city for darshan of ‘Char Jam’ and other attractions, should not miss out on seeing Bengaluru potholes, which have some ‘unique’ qualities not seen in potholes of other places.”
Mr. Manjunath added, “This is the beginning of travelling peak season, the harvesting of new potholes will happen during next monsoon which is almost seven months away. We do not want to disappoint our tourists who will come here before next monsoon.”
Mr. Manjunath shared the logic behind handing them over to KSTDC. He said, “My department is burdened with too many tasks. That’s why, we decided to handover the potholes to KSTDC for their better maintenance. These twenty-five potholes are at strategically left at places which are far from each other, so that people of a major locality do not ‘complain’ there is no pothole in their area. We have tried to retain potholes with different sizes. I mean, there are five potholes of each type, small, medium, large, extra-large and double extra-large.”
“Each pothole has its own characteristic. KSTDC is planning to put up a board next to each pothole. Apart from creation date, depth and other dimensions of the pothole, what’s ‘special’ about that pothole will be written on those boards. I will recommend a tourist coming to Bengaluru, must see at least one pothole of each type. We have talked to KSTDC. They will start running AC buses as package, for visiting 5, 10 or 25 potholes on same day,” said Manjunath.
Cash starved BBMP & KSTDC are planning to request Bengaluru residents to come forward and adopt a pothole.