The ambitious bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in the city is being torn apart by inter-agency wrangling this year. Large chunks of bitumen have peeled off the BRT pilot corridor leaving potholes at several places.
However, neither Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), which prepared the project, nor the Indore Development Authority (IDA), which built the BRTS pilot corridor, has bothered to suture up torn roads – an omission that is posing a threat to motorists. Both agencies claim it is the other’s job to patch up the corridor, which has so far cost Rs. 168 crore.
Layers of bitumen have come off at motor vehicle lanes opposite CHL Apollo Hospital, at Palasia square near the police station and right in the middle of the dedicated bus lane further on from Geeta Bhavan square.
That’s not all. Sunken chambers on the cemented stretch fronting the IMFL outlet near LIG square pose a threat to motorists. "A man fell off from his motorcycle here last night," a two-wheeler rider told our lensman as he was taking pictures of the chamber.
"There are five places where potholes got developed. We have been writing to IMC to patch up the those parts but to no avail," said RC Verma, executive engineer in-charge of the LIG to Navlakha square. "The IMC had ownership ever since it became a bypass. We only built the corridor, that too under the non-plan budgetary head," said another IDA executive engineer Anil Chugh. Mayor-in-council Public Works committee chairman Jawahar Mangwani told HT: "We do not maintain the corridor. It is the IDA’s responsibility to maintain the BRTS (pilot corridor)."