And now, a website for potholes!
Bangaloreans take to the web to
solve problems on the ground
BY A CORRESPONDENT
18th November 2005
Potholes are like bacteria. They are
everywhere - we crib about them, avoid
them and generally get on with life,
with few complaints. Filing PILs
against potholes and bacteria usually
have the same effect.
remarks on the state of potholes
"The stretch of
convent road (after Manish
Complex) and towards Richmond Road
can be used by automotive
companies for SUV advertisements."
hardly road in this area where tar
stretches at least for 5 metres
smoothly. Best place to break your
back. I would think twice before
calling guests to my home here.
Hope one Dharamji will visit this
place and Break his back."
on this road, I have actually got
a medical check-up done just to
check that all the bones are in
their respective places. It is
money-making place for Orthopaedic
doctors and motor mechanics. It's
like driving your vehicle in big
container filled with rocks."
Recently, the pothole saga reached
the courts in Mumbai. The High Court
ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC) to fill & shut all
potholes in Mumbai. A deadline was
set: November 15.
Now, we all know the quality of BMC
filling potholes. The court has
appointed a 2-member panel to inspect
the status of work conducted by BMC.
Instead of cribbing on the drive home
and curling up on beds, we suggest
Mumbaiites take a leaf out of the
Bangalorean. A Bangalore website takes
potshots at potholes in Bangalore,
through a popular website called
www.bangalorepothole.com. Check it
The website allows readers to share
their experiences of potholes in
Bangalore and its ill-maintained
roads, complete with picture galleries
of various prominent potholes in the
city. It lists potholes in a dozen
prominent roads in Bangalore,
including Cubbon Road, Stephens Road,
Frazer Town, and Nagawara Road from
Tannery Road to Outer Ring Road. Click
on the link naming the road and watch
the photographs of potholes in that
In an effort at community action, the
website urges surfers to adopt
potholes in their locality. It also
lists trivia on the etymology of
pothole, their dangers, what causes
them, who can locate and fix them, and
potholes around the world.
You can also share your pothole
experience online, by submitting a
report. There are also links to the
websites of government bodies which
can help alleviate the problem.
Are we lazy Mumbaiikars still waiting
for Vilasrao & Co to travel the
potholed roads so there will be a
BY A CORRESPONDENT