The residents of Bengaluru’s Bharathi Nagar society have taken the matter into their own hands. Resorting to a bizarre activity, they decided to perform a pooja to get rid of the potholes. Potholes in India are a major problem. No matter how developed a city is, some parts or areas will definitely face potholes-related issues. Potholes not only hamper the route but have also become a reason for road accidents. A large number of people die in accidents due to potholes, but the authorities continue to appear to be unbothered by the rising figures. In response to a similar incident, the residents of Bharathi Nagar at Charles Campbell Road, Bengaluru have taken the matter into their own hands. Resorting to a bizarre activity, the locals decided to perform a pooja to get rid of the potholes. The video of the pothole puja has now gone viral on the internet. It features two priests performing puja around a pothole, which has been decorated with flowers, while residents surround the area.
A Twitter user shared a video of the pothole puja on the micro-blogging site. In the caption, the user said the residents decided to call on the gods after getting frustrated by potholes and craters. The viral video has indeed proved the thought – why can’t the tech city fix its roads?
Take a look:
#POTHOLE puja in #Bengaluru!Frustrated by potholes & craters, citizens invoke gods. Puja on Campbell Road by Bharathinagar Residents Forum 👇
Why can’t the tech-city fix its roads?@NammaBengaluroo @WFRising @Namma_ORRCA @BLRrocKS @tinucherian @ShyamSPrasad pic.twitter.com/ZQQAEKfzI5
— Rakesh Prakash (@rakeshprakash1) November 30, 2021
The 55-second clip is being widely shared and has amassed over 35k views and a bunch of comments. Anguished at the condition of roads, netizens lashed out at the state government. “All the tax goes down the p̶o̶t̶h̶o̶l̶e̶s̶ blackholes. Karnataka collects the highest road tax in India and has the worst roads conditions and road infra, even worse than remote villages,” wrote a user.
All the tax goes down the p̶o̶t̶h̶o̶l̶e̶s̶ blackholes. KA collects the highest road tax in India and has the worst roads conditions and road infra, even worst than remote villages.
— 𝚜𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚙 🐦 (@iam_Sudip) November 30, 2021
can we invite @narendramodi ji @PMOIndia to go around #Bengaluru during his upcomin visit to our city!!That is the only way to fix smart city infrastructure!!— ತರ್ಲೆ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗮 (@BLRrocKS) November 30, 2021
People opined that both BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) and Karnataka government have failed miserably.
Don't understand why r u tagging PM. The administration of city & state is the responsibility of BBMP & KA Govt, both have failed miserably. CG never created any hurdles to KA Govt to provide good administration. Unfortunately the politics & buearacrcy is highly corrupt in KA— SURESH SAKARAYAPATNA (@SURESHSAKARAYAP) November 30, 2021
A user suggested that residents of Bharathi Nagar should not pay property tax till the state government and BBMP address the pothole issue.
People in these areas should not collectively pay property tax till the Govt. & BBMP addresses the issues… Until then nothing will happen..— Sanjay Jain 🇮🇳 (@Lalwanisanjay27) November 30, 2021
Taxes which is collected on the name of roads, everyday people r suffering because of patholes , all tax money is going pockets of politician. If road is not politicians will change their routes..— ರಹಮತ್ ಉಲ್ಲಾ (Rahamath_HMZ) (@Rahamath_Moin) November 30, 2021
Potholes are gems of Namma Bengaluru 🤣🤣— MS (@Santubal) November 30, 2021
Do you think ‘pothole puja’ will draw the government’s attention?
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