2,300 manholes, chambers pose danger; BBMP asks utilities to fix them

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BENGALURU: Over 2,300 manholes, chambers and gratings are sitting like death traps on various roads in the city. Following a recent coordination meeting of civic agencies where the issue was discussed, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) asked various utilities, including BWSSB and Bescom, to fix the problem to ensure a safer commute.

According to the letter from BBMP chief engineer (road infrastructure development) Somashekar S to various utilities, a copy of which is with TOI, these manholes, chambers and gratings are posing a danger to road users as they are not at the same level as the road

“Either these installations like manholes, chambers, gratings and optical fibre chambers are above the road level or below it. In many places, manholes/chambers are in a dilapidated state or not covered properly,” the letter read.

A senior BBMP official said as per the coordination committee meeting proceedings, the agencies concerned, both public and private players like OFC companies, have been asked to fix these flaws. “The problem is that these dangerous spots are located along major arterial and sub-arterial roads. This only heightens the risk as well as slows down traffic movement,” he added

According to the data collected by BBMP, West zone has the highest number of such spots followed by Yelahanka, East zone and Dasarahalli. Agency wise, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) turns out to be the biggest culprit as it is responsible for 1,413 spots, including manholes and water valve chambers.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/2300-manholes-chambers-pose-danger-bbmp-asks-utilities-to-fix-them/articleshow/68142580.cms