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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sought a detailed report on a newly filled stretch of road paving after its visit to Bengaluru. News18.com on Wednesday reported the plight of the main Jnana Bharthi road in the southern part of the city, which was paved on Saturday at a cost of Rs 6 crore for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

The Prime Minister had used the road to travel to Dr PR Ambedkar University of Economics (BASE) on Monday. But after a spell of rain all night, the road collapsed on Tuesday, just a few meters from the campus. The Municipal Authority has covered about 3.6 km of extension in the area which lies under the Bengaluru University Campus.

The Prime Minister’s Office sought a report from the Prime Minister’s Office on substandard work. We have been asked to provide details of the incident by the Prime Minister’s Office. “We will send him to the chief minister’s office soon,” said a senior official in the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office.

Just hours after the call from the PMO, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai relayed the News18 report while informing that he had asked the Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to inquire about the incident and take action against the concerned officers.

BBMP officials rushed to the site to find the cause of the road collapse. While the CMO said that “a new water line was connected recently which leaked and caused damage,” the reality of the ground was different.

Officials there found an old water line, which was dry and had no water. “They were even wondering how the extension collapsed,” said Anantha Subramaniam, who was at the site and is a regular in the area.

In fact, there was a huge ditch in the exact spot before the city council paved the way for the prime minister’s visit. Even in April, the road had collapsed after it was paved for the Prime Minister’s visit, which was canceled at the last minute. Citizens are outraged by the unofficial attitude of officials who let rupees crore go down the drain, quite literally.

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