The Bengaluru civic body has issued a show cause notice to three engineers after a road collapsed due to moderate rainfall. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued a show cause notice to three engineers from RR Nagar Division regarding the “sub-standard” paving of the main Mariyappanapalya road on the Bangalore University campus.

The road near Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) was laid just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to inaugurate the BASE campus.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has instructed the BBMP Commissioner to investigate the shoddy work and take appropriate action against those responsible.

The show cause notice stated: “The paving works undertaken for the main Mariyappanapalya road on the Bangalore University campus would be substandard works. There are visuals showing that the asphalt layer is being removed by hand.”

“By observation of the visuals, it is believed that there is no standard operating procedure followed in the performance of the above work. Accordingly, a show cause notice is hereby issued requesting your explanation on said issue along with test reports and also why no action should be taken for failing to perform the work in accordance with standard operating procedure and also for failing to perform your duties as Executive Engineer on the site,” he added.

also lambasted the Bengaluru civic body. The High Court questioned whether the President and Prime Minister often had to visit the city and take different routes for civic bodies to do their jobs.

BBMP spent 23 crores to repair the city’s roads for the Prime Minister’s recent visit. The reprimand came during the hearing of a contempt petition against officers of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). Manjula P and Sharadamma P had approached the HC to request the restoration of the connection of water and sewer pipes to two of their housing sites at Visvesvaraya Layout. The connections were sanctioned but not laid.

On October 21, 2020, a single-judge HC bench ordered civic agencies to restore connectivity to both sites within two months and dismissed the case. The two women approached the HC a year later with a contempt petition against the relevant BDA and BWSSB commissioners and engineers because the HC’s earlier order was not followed by them.

Even the contempt plea has been pending since May 2021, but the BDA and BWSSB have repeatedly failed to follow the court order. On Thursday, the HC said: “Maybe the road conditions will improve if the Prime Minister and the President visit Bengaluru often. Last week you spent 23 crore to fill the potholes. The PM has to travel on different routes each time for you to do your duty?”

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