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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court, in a strongly worded message to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), taking cognisance of poor conditions of roadsin Bangalore. In its order the court said, “Bengaluru has to be restored to its glory as a garden city.” The BBMP officials then swung into action.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.G. Pandit made this oral observation during the hearing of a PIL petition, filed in 2015 by Vijayan Menon. The BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad told reporters that the HC had not set any deadline. The court asked us to submit the measurement books pertaining to the work done.

In May this year, BBMP had identified 5,800 potholes in the city and submitted a report to the chief minister.  The civic agency claimed that now there are only 1,655 potholes in the city. The court said that the BBMP officers cannot go unpunished for their behaviour and it seems they are careless. Earlier, counsel for the petitioner pointed out that a few Bengalureans had lost their lives in pothole-related accidents in the city during the past couple of years.


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