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Bengaluru Engineer Suspended after Child Injured in Accident on Pothole-Riddled Road

The child, travelling with her mother on a two-wheeler, was hurt after they fell down as the mother was unable to navigate a pothole.

Revathi Rajeevan | CNN-News18

Updated:September 19, 2019, 11:10 PM IST
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Bengaluru Engineer Suspended after Child Injured in Accident on Pothole-Riddled Road
File photo of a Bengaluru road (Twitter)

Bengaluru: An engineer of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) was suspended on Thursday after a child was hurt in an accident at the pothole-riddled Gunjur Road in the state capital.

The incident took place on Wednesday. The child, who was travelling with her mother on a two-wheeler, was injured after both fell down when the mother was unable to navigate a pothole on the Varthur-Gunjur stretch.

"Unfortunate that a mother and suffered due to negligence of officers on Varthur-Gunjur road. An engineer has been suspended for negligence and action taken against the executive engineer," said BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar in a tweet.

The accident was brought to Kumar's notice after a Twitter user posted a picture of the injured girl with the details. 

"Dear all, civic agencies have dug up and have not maintained the road properly, many use this road, unfortunately, a mother could not navigate and kids got injured, please help us don't leave us in dangerous conditions," Shashidhar had written on Twitter.

Less than two weeks ago, the BBMP had fined 10 officials Rs 2,000 each for negligence in fixing potholes. The fines were ordered to be deducted from their salaries.

While several Twitter users appreciated the BBMP for the action against the engineer, others pointed out how this was a daily affair and claimed the fixed roads will soon be back to their previous conditions.

Kumar added that the BBMP immediately asphalted the dangerous stretch of the major road that was dug up for laying pipelines on both sides. Kumar also visited the Gunjur stretch on Thursday to review the situation.

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