Ever find yourself frustrated by potholes that seemingly go unattended by the authorities day in and day out? Well, officials in Bangalore, in a bid to ensure that this problem is addressed in a timely manner, will soon be launching an app that just might solve the issue.
The idea behind the app is simple – if you spot a pothole, click a picture and upload it. If the pothole is not fixed in 48 hours, then the city will give you a cool Rs. 100.
The money in question will be deducted from the salaries of the officials who failed to put together measures to close the pothole.
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The initiative by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike hopes to increase the accountability of engineers and the officials who work for the civic body. BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad told The Hindu, “The citizen can click a photo of the pothole with the app and upload it. The app will register the GPS coordinates of the spot and log it into our database. The photo is immediately sent to the ward engineer concerned, who should close the pothole and upload a new photo within 48 hours.”
Bad roads and the resultant traffic has not just been a nuisance for the city but also potentially fatal. Nationally, according to road transport ministry, in 2015, 10,876, accidents were caused specifically due to potholes and there were 3,416 fatalities as well. BBMP for its part hopes to have the pilot version of the app up and running in select areas in the city by mid February.
So the next time you see a pothole, whip out your phone and click it away. You could make some chunk change and save a life or two.