Fix the Potholes in Bangalore

By November 28, 2013 Commuting 2 Comments

[Editor’s Note: There are a whole range of companies (large and small, local and international) trying to alleviate the pain of the urban Indian commuter. Whether it’s taxi fleets, taxi aggregators, micro car rentals or companies like us trying to bring transparency and efficiencies to the auto rickshaw segment, all rely on one common infrastructure. The roads. Embarrassing no? Public infrastructure that’s taken for granted in practically any part of the world. Appallingly bad would be a flattering description for Bangalore roads. Among the six Indian metros, Bangalore would win the “worst roads” title by a hefty margin. There’s nothing any of the aforementioned companies can do to improve the roads. Is there anything YOU (Bangalore resident) can do? Ashoka India’s Sunish Jauhari believes you can. Sign the Change.org petition and you make his hand stronger when he goes to meet the Commissioner of BBMP. At publishing time, the petition had 18,195 signatures.. only 6,800 to hit the 25,000 magic mark. Read on and do the needful.]

Pic courtesy deccanchronicle.com

Pic courtesy deccanchronicle.com

Roads in Bangalore are terrible. Bangaloreans are getting together to demand pothole-free roads and we have 17,000 signatures already.

Last week I met the officials at BBMP and asked them about the progress in fixing the potholes. Shockingly, they only told me that BBMP has no resources to fix the roads.

This is unacceptable! Roads are a huge problem in the city and the BBMP needs to be accountable for them.

Next week, I will meet the Commissioner of BBMP, Lakshmi Narayana and deliver my petition with all your signatures. I’ve also contacted several experts and we will be taking some suggestions with us too.

We need to show him the potholes is a serious problem and we want them to fix it immediately. BBMP will have to listen to us if we can get more numbers of my petition.

Help me reach 25,000 signatures before my meeting. Vishy, here is how you can help.

  1. Forward this email to your friends asking them to sign it.
  2. Share this petition on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have not shared my petition widely yet, please do so and get your friends and friends.

Thank you for taking action for good roads in Bangalore.

Sunish via Change.org

2 Comments

  • LastMile-r says:

    You know, you can wake up someone who is asleep, you can’t wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep. I have personally called every AEE and AE assigned to my ward, gone and met Commissioner Lakshmi narayana, and the result – zero. Yes I’ve heard/read about BBMP being broke, but never heard how in a city that enjoys #1 status in IT based services, where so much tax is collected from by far the best payed salaried class, is the municipality broke. No one is able to explain that satisfactorily.
    Do we need to treat BBMP officials like they don’t know about the city? Do they need citizen petitions to realize problems? No, they just need to do their damn job.
    What we need is to get past this ‘mai-baap’ attitude towards our bureaucracy and focus on moving the levers of their incentive system. We must understand why the work doesn’t get done, and why BBMP officials are not engaged in meaningful accountability. As it turns out, a dissatisfied citizen is not going to mess up their annual review or salary, or position, or promotion prospects. We as citizens have to begin to influence those spots, and then you will see action.

  • LastMile-r says:

    You know, you can wake up someone who is asleep, you can’t wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep. I have personally called every AEE and AE assigned to my ward, gone and met Commissioner Lakshmi narayana, and the result – zero. Yes I’ve heard/read about BBMP being broke, but never heard how in a city that enjoys #1 status in IT based services, where so much tax is collected from by far the best payed salaried class, is the municipality broke. No one is able to explain that satisfactorily.
    Do we need to treat BBMP officials like they don’t know about the city? Do they need citizen petitions to realize problems? No, they just need to do their damn job.
    What we need is to get past this ‘mai-baap’ attitude towards our bureaucracy and focus on moving the levers of their incentive system. We must understand why the work doesn’t get done, and why BBMP officials are not engaged in meaningful accountability. As it turns out, a dissatisfied citizen is not going to mess up their annual review or salary, or position, or promotion prospects. We as citizens have to begin to influence those spots, and then you will see action.

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