Bengaluru has just around 16,000 potholes. Not in one area but across the city. At least that is the figure, according to the BBMP.
The Hindu reported that the BBMP, after a meeting with its zonal officers and engineers on Tuesday, figured out that the city's roads have 15,935 potholes.
Bengalureans, who actually travel on the city's pockmarked roads regularly, are finding it extremely difficult to believe the figure. Some have even found it funny and most have pegged the statistic to be much, much higher.
After the Bengaluru Traffic Police shared the link to the story on its social media pages, the posts have been flooded with comments from residents of the city.
While some questioned the methodology used to reach the number, others quipped that the civic authority would have perhaps found it easier to count the number of decent roads, given they are very few in number.
With accidents and even deaths being reported due to bad conditions of roads, many are angry at the inefficiency and inaction of the authorities. And justifiably so.
Here's what some of them had to say:
We have roads inside Bengaluru Potholes.. not otherwise.â€” Chidambara Bhat (@cbhat33) October 4, 2017
Which means there is a 15935 possibilities of meeting with an accident on Bangalore roadsâ€” Ganesh Singh (@kggsingh) October 4, 2017
Wow! So someone has enough time to count potholes but no time to won't fix... BBMP & ruling party waiting for what common man die everyday?â€” Mahesh V N (@NeginhalN) October 4, 2017
Sir per 100m of road there r 2-3 potholes on avgâ€” SG (@srikanthbond007) October 4, 2017
Bengaluru has total 1940km of road
So on calculation there r minimum of 40,000 potholes
Some places roads have completely vanished..!â€” Hitesh Gupta (@hiteshkgupta) October 4, 2017
Sir I think you are talking about the count in only one area not full Bangalore.. pls recheck on the numbers..â€” pradeep.dr (@pradeepdr3) October 4, 2017
Sir I can show that much in just one road. Please teach them some mathâ€” (@Hindutva1) October 4, 2017
Multiple by 1000 atleast i.e. 15935*1000 pothole minimumâ€” Malay Padhy (@malaya_17) October 4, 2017
And, what are they doing about it other than just counting and giving numbers?!â€” Gowrang Chindi (@Gowrang_C) October 4, 2017
Wrong data 2 mislead.ORR & its service rds has more number of pothole than this number. Pls direct cops NOT to fill any potholes with mud.â€” Sandeep Mohanty (@sandee_mohanty) October 4, 2017
How did u count it?? Everyday new ones are being opened in every Road..â€” Chidambara Bhat (@cbhat33) October 4, 2017
We have to search for road on some streets. There are only potholes.â€” Rajesh Gujalwar (@RajeshGujalwar) October 4, 2017
Come to marathalli/WhiteFiled areas, show u those many on 1 single stretch. OR if u consider entire road as 1 pothole, the BBMP is true.â€” Bijoy (@jiboyv) October 4, 2017
It would have a lot easier for BBMP to actually count the number of good roads instead of potholesâ€” Murali (@memurali) October 4, 2017
I think BBMP didn't visit Kanakapura Road then. It has got more potholes than this figure.â€” Dhananjay Upadhyay (@DhananjaySpeaks) October 4, 2017
A good line which I read...If roads are made to last for 100 years then how will they get bills for maintainence?â€” S.Anand (@docdiablo23) October 4, 2017