Pothole filling is now a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity for a number of MNCs in Bengaluru. Frustrated with the inaction of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), these companies have decided to take matter into their own hands. This also comes after several employees have been injured by riding into the potholes, some accidents even resulting in deaths.
Despite a number of protests by citizens as well as warnings by ministers, tens of thousands of potholes have been left unattended by the BBMP.
The companies have reached out to Prathap Bhimasena Rao, also known as ‘Pothole Raja’, who has started a campaign to fix roads filled with potholes.
When Pothole Raja and his team smoothed a stretch of road that connected the Qwikcilver office near Koramangala, many employees joined them. On seeing them, other IT parks and MNCs such as Electronics City, Biocon, ITPL, Kalyani Magnum and others followed, reports Deccan Herald. They helped fill almost 500 potholes.
“Filling a pothole of one square metre upto 500mm depth would cost Rs 2,500,” Rao told the publication, adding, “Since some of the potholes are deadly, we expect citizen bodies to sponsor and join the campaign to fill a few of those holes around their locality.”
He is also planning to ask government agencies to stop being complacent and do something about getting rid of potholes in the city.